A.C.T.O.R. Presents the History of Black Women in the Performing Arts

A.C.T.O.R. Presents the History of Black Women in the Performing Arts

Date and Time

Mar 26, 2023 5:00 pm

Location

Shirlington

4251 S. Campbell Ave, Arlington, Virginia, 22206

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Let’s Keep Talking!  ACTOR (A Continuing Talk on Race) presents a conversation on the history of Black women in the performing arts. 
With featured speaker Dr. Soyica Diggs Colbert, Interim Dean of Georgetown College, and author of "RADICAL VISION: A BIOGRAPHY OF LORRAINE HANSBERRY"

Facilitated by Pamela Pinnock

About the Speaker: Dr. Soyica Diggs Colbert

Soyica Diggs Colbert is the Idol Family Professor of African American Studies and Performing Arts at Georgetown University.

Colbert’s most recent book, Radical Vision,a “loving, lavishly detailed” (New York Times) and captivating portrait of Lorraine Hansberry’s life, art, and political activism—one of O Magazine's best books of April 2021 is also described as "A devoted and deeply felt account of the development of an artist’s mind," according to Dave Itzkoff, New York Times Book Review. In this acclaimed biography of Lorraine Hansberry, Colbert narrates a life at the intersection of art and politics, arguing that for Hansberry the theater operated as a rehearsal room for her political and intellectual work.

She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a residency at the Schomburg Center, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Stanford University, Mellon Foundation, and the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University. Colbert has also lectured nationally and internationally at universities, high schools, and middles schools as well as for civic and arts organizations.

Colbert’s writing has been featured in the The New York Times, Washington Post, Public Books, Metrographand American Theatre.She has been interviewed on NPR and commented for the New York Times, USA Today, CNN, and the Washington Post.

She is an Associate Director at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. In addition to Radical Vision, Colbert is the author of Bodies: Theory for Theatre Studies, Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics, and The African American Theatrical Body. Colbert co-edited Race and Performance After Repetition and The Psychic Hold of Slavery. Most recently, she served as a Creative Content Producer for The Public Theatre’s audio play, shadow/land. Her research interests span the 19th-21st centuries, from Harriet Tubman to Beyoncé, and from poetics to performance.

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A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race) is a public discussion series. It provides the opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race, class and culture. The intent is that each person walks away from the discussion feeling something: challenged, educated, uncomfortable, enlightened, refreshed, reassured and hopefully inspired and moved to action!

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