I , schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
— Aeschylus


SYMPOSIUM: Art to Activism to Change

As part of the world premiere of The Oresteia, local community leaders, theatre artists, and scholars will be coming together to offer their thoughts about the role of theatre today in portraying, shaping, and, ultimately, actively pressing for social change. They will also offer their viewpoints about the major issues tackled in the three plays, including criminal justice reform, gender equality, and systemic racism.

A panel discussion will give way to an open mic and discussion in which audience members are encouraged to offer their thoughts and their experiences about the role of the performing arts in political discourse. The event is free to attend, but we ask that you RSVP. 

DATE: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
TIME: Panel Discussion 7pm-8:45pm / Reception 8:45pm-9:30pm
WHERE: OSA Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre (530 19th Street, Oakland)
COST: Free. Please RSVP here.



Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby
Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Humanities, UC Berkeley

Rhodessa Jones
Co-Artistic Director, Cultural Odyssey / Founder, The Medea Project

Cava Menzies
Artistic Director, Oakland School for the Arts

Michael Moran
Co-Artistic Director, Ubuntu Theatre Project

Mina Morita
Artistic Director, Crowded Fire Theatre

Ephraim Walker
President of Production - D Street Pictures (Producer, Fruitvale Station)

[Photos above displayed left-to-right in the order listed here.]

SYMPOSIUM MODERATOR: Matthew Travisano - Chair, OSA School of Theatre



This event has been generously underwritten by Alma Gaoaen and also made possible  with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.