Toward a Future Theatre – a free online discussion

photo credit: James D. Morgan (courtesy of Methuen Drama)

On Wednesday 27th April from 6.00pm to 7.30pm BST, you are invited to join an interesting free online discussion about the future directions of theatre in the UK.

Presented by Research@Central, an events creation group based at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the online discussion will prove worth watching, I am sure.

In December of 2021, Methuen Drama published Caridad Svich’s Toward a Future Theatre: Conversations During a Pandemic, which documents theatremakers’ dreams for a new post-Covid reality in which theatre is reimagined and issues of racial and economic justice are addressed. This panel brings together five artists featured in the book to reflect upon their renewed commitment to theatre’s ability to effect and model change at a time when the arts sector finds itself in a precarious state of flux and transition.

The Panelists are, as of this writing, James Graham (playwright), Roy Williams (playwright), Jennifer Jackson (movement director), Suba Das (artistic director, Liverpool’s Everyman Playhouse), and Daphna Attias (co-founder of the site-responsive, immersive theatre company Dante or Die).

Caridad Svich is a playwright, an editor at Contemporary Theatre Review and founder of NoPassport theatre alliance and press. She received a 2012 Obie for Lifetime Achievement.

Tom Cornford is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and author of Theatre Studios: A Political History of Ensemble Theatre-Making.

James Graham is an Olivier-Award winning playwright and librettist and screenwriter. His works include Ink at the Almeida, the West End and Broadway.

Roy Wiliams is a Black British playwright and screenwriter. His works include Death of England and Sing Yer Out for the Lads.

Jennifer Jackson is a British Bolivian movement director, actor and theatremaker. Her work has been seen at the National Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith, among others. She is currently a Leverhulme Arts Scholar.

Suba Das is Creative Director for the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. A theatre director, producer and dramaturg, he was Artistic Director and CEO of HighTide. Previously Associate Director of Leicester Curve, one of the UK’s major producing houses, Das was Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and English Touring Theatre, and has directed for the Young Vic, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nottingham Playhouse, Northern Stage and the Roundhouse. In 2017 he made his opera directorial debut with the world premiere of Sukanya by Ravi Shankar for the Royal Opera and London Philharmonic. Suba read English at Clare College, Cambridge and trained on the Birkbeck Director Training Programme. He is a Trustee of The Sage, Gateshead, Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation and Theatres Trust.

Daphna Attias is Co-Artistic Director of Dante or Die, a site-specific theatre company celebrating the human condition. She has directed all of the company’s works to date.

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