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What We're Reading: May 2019

What We're Reading
A stack of theater magazines, newspaper clippings, reports, and other paper sit on a wood surface. The central magazine shows a cover photo of a woman singing.

As members of an organization that believes in the power of conversation to promote systemic change, the team here at The Lark often circulates, among ourselves, anecdotes and emails about materials we've read lately that have moved us. In accordance with our commitment to the amplification of necessary voices that reflect the world we live in, this monthly post compiles some of the media we have been tuned in to, to share with our wider community. We know these are only a sampling of all the insightful work out there, so if we missed anything that had an impact on you this month, we encourage you to share in the comments section!

It ‘makes you feel invisible’ by Rachel Hatzipanagos

"The implication is that, while white people are seen as individuals, other groups are often viewed as a monolith, with their race or ethnicity becoming the defining characteristic of who they are."

An article in the Washington Post on the effects of people not being able to tell their co-workers of color apart.

Best Practices for Inclusive Casting by Advancing Arts Forward

"When working towards inclusive casting, you might have to allot more time and resources (financial and human) than that which you normally do to be able to find the right actors. You need to do the work to find them and gain their trust. After years of being ignored (whether by you or the larger societal actions) you can’t expect an actor of a specific identity you are looking for to first off find you and secondly trust you have good intentions."

Tips for inclusive casting from the earliest start of the producing process until after the show ends.

This Twitter Thread started by Kristoffer Diaz

"Final class of the semester means answering tons of life/career/playwriting world questions... I'm on that roll, so feel free to throw anything you want to discuss my way."

Playwright and professor Kristoffer Diaz gives his best advice on everything from taking breaks to working with agents.

Off-Book: The Black Theatre Podcast

"Seeing another show that felt so intentionally written for me... I felt so affirmed and so lifted."

Theater journalist Drew Shade, actress Amber Iman, and playwright Donja R. Love host this podcast, in which they go into the world of black theater artists.

The Farm Theatre's Bullpen Sessions

"What can I go see for free at The Lark?"

A new podcast featuring conversations with working artists. In a recent episode, Kristoffer Diaz talks about showing up everywhere (including The Lark!) during his early career, and why Andrea Thome earns the title "Best Human."