True Colors Theatre Company, in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, is proud to present “Preserving Our History: Teaching Black Theatre.” This Community Conversation will feature leading theatre educators, as they discuss the joys and challenges of teaching black stories and performance at both historically black and predominantly white institutions of higher learning.
Due to public health safety measures, this event will be limited capacity. Therefore, seating is limited to two (2) for each attendee that RSVPs. RSVP is required, in order to attend.
The event will also stream live on Atlanta History Centers' YouTube channel, as well as the homepage of True Colors at www.truecolorstheatre.org. RSVP is not necessary for those who plan to watch the live stream.
Aku Kadogo is Chair of the Department of Theatre and Performance at Spelman College. She came to Spelman as the 2014-2015 Distinguished Visiting Scholar for the Arts.
She is an international theatre director/choreographer arts educator and cultural preservationist. This multi-faceted artist directs highly energetic, imaginative, original theatre works and has produced a number of international, collaborative inter-disciplinary projects. Her eclectic career has spanned the United States, Australia and Asia.
She has worked on RENT, Les Miserable and made her career debut in the original Broadway classic of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.
In 2019 Aku Kadogo directed Salt City: A Techno Choreopoem by Jessica Care Moore in Detroit with the generous support of the Knight and Joyce Foundations in collaboration with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Eric J. Little is an Atlanta-based actor, director, educator, and writer. He has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Language Arts) from Alabama A&M University and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Louisiana State University. Eric is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, and has acted and directed on professional stages across Atlanta, as well as in New York, Louisiana, and North Carolina. He is also a tenured tracked professor and the Theater Coordinator at Clark Atlanta University where he teaches and directs. Eric wrote and performed his one man play- “Beautiful Feet,” at the 2016 Atlanta Black Theater Festival and in 2019 at The Good Acting Studio both directed by Thomas W. Jones II. Eric’s been nominated for Eight Suzi Bass Awards (the professional theatre awards in Atlanta), and the winner of three –2011 Suzi Award Winner Lead Actor for “Superior Donuts”– Horizon Theatre Company; 2013 Suzi Award Winner- Best Ensemble- “Fly,”-Theatrical Outfit; 2015 Suzi Award Winner- Best Ensemble- “Clybourne Park,”– Aurora Theatre. And he has also been recognized as one of the “25 Rising Stars” by Atlanta Tribune Magazine, and called “The Talent to Watch” by Creative Loafing.
Lydia Fort is a theatre-maker, educator and arts leader; and has directed over thirty productions across the US at theatres such as Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Bay Street Theater, Actors Express, Cygnet Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Women’s Project Theatre, Women Center Stage, Urban Stages, McCarter Theatre YouthInk! Festival, New Federal Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem, freeFall Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Planet Connections Festivity (where she was honored with the 2103 Best Director Award) as well as other festivals including the New Black Fest, 48 Hours in Harlem and the Fire This Time Festival. An assistant professor at Emory University, Lydia also serves as the Director of the Playwriting Center of Theater Emory, and is a member of the Resilience & Sustainability Collaboratory, a think and do tank that works to create innovative climate solutions and social interventions that promote healthy and thriving communities across the region. Ms. Fort is the co-founder of the Atlanta Green Theatre Alliance; and is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Stage Directors & Choreographers Union where she serves on the Executive Board and is the Southeast Region Rep. MFA in Directing, University of Washington.
Wesley Brown is the author of three published novels, a collection of short stories,
Dance of the Infidels, and four produced plays, including Dark Meat on a Funny Mind. He is Professor Emeritus in English at Rutgers University and has taught literature, drama and creative writing at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. He wrote the narration for a segment of the 1997 PBS documentary, W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices and is co-editor of the Methuen Anthology of American Women Playwrights : 1970-2020. A new edition of Brown’s first novel, Tragic Magic will be published by McSweeney’s in 2021. He lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Moderated by Addae Moon
Associate Director at Theatrical Outfit, Playwright, Dramaturg, Director, and Cultural Worker