Broadway & Beyond Hosts Industry-Wide Webinar on Anti-Racism Stage Management Practices

Broadway & Beyond: Access for Stage Managers of Color will host veteran stage managers and teachers Narda E. Alcorn and Lisa Porter for a webinar on anti-racist and anti-oppressive scene management practices. The webinar, titled The Stage Manager’s Role in Building an Equitable and Compassionate Production Culture will take place on Tuesday, April 5 from 2:00-4:00 PM EST. Registration is free and open to all, prior registration required. ASL interpretation will be available.

The webinar will focus on tools that enable managers to create a fair and compassionate workspace and promote transparency, fairness and inclusion as community practices that can be exercised by everyone involved in a production. Alcorn and Porter will discuss how to effectively collaborate with producers, general managers and anyone with authority within an organization. They will talk about their social identities, mid-career women – one black and one white – who are educators and stewards, wives, parents and leaders in stewardship.

Advance registration is required by 9:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, April 2. for more information and to register.

About the presenters:

Professor Narda E. Alcorn (Her, Her, Hers), Chair, Stage Management, David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University, and Professor Lisa Porter (Her, Her, Hers), Professor, Head of Stage Management scene, UC San Diego, publishes its first book, Scene Management Theory as a Practice Guide: Cultivating a Creative Approachin January 2020. The book has been featured in multiple publications and they have visited over 50 virtual spaces over the past two years to teach and present their work.

During the summer of 2020, Professors Alcorn and Porter co-wrote the HowlRound essay We are committed to anti-racist scene management education. This essay sparked a conversation about anti-racist stage management practices that continues on the HowlRound platform with recent work from a collective of next-generation stage managers: Wait, Please: Responding to Urgency and Other White Supremacist Standards in Stage Management.

Alcorn and Porter are honored to be quoted in the American Theater article Pushing back past norms and towards equitable authenticity: how TGNC’s stage managers and production managers lead by exampleco-authored by UC San Diego MFA Stage Management alumnus Kasson Marroquin.

Other news articles include the American Theater article Manage the scene and manage expectations and on the USITT podcast, Technically speaking: a conversation about anti-racism scene managementand A call to diversify index callersNY Times, July 5, 2021.

Professors Alcorn and Porter have been stage directors since high school and met at Yale University’s David Geffen School of Drama in 1992.

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