October 24, 2021

Theatre in the Streets: Community, Creative Expression, Carnival!

Join us as we explore what happens when theatrical performance moves beyond the building and into the streets … how theatre can grow out of a community need for performance.

Examine the migration and evolution of Carnival, as the traditions and rituals of celebration and community uplift self-expression and agency.

Consider the impact of costume, mask, movement, and improvisation as agents of transformation through performance art … becoming a statement of community.

April 13, 2021
4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Black Theatre Initiative’s Webinar Series 2020–2021

Our Guest Artists and Scholars

Loyce Arthur has designed costumes for 90+ productions including Once On This Island at the Skylight Music Theater, Milwaukee WI, and Brokenville in Athens, Greece and Sweat, and Iphigenia Point Blank, at the University of Iowa, where she has taught since 1999. Notably, she was a guest artist at Mahogany Mas Camp in the UK working with award winning Carnival designer Clary Salandy. She coordinates the Iowa City Carnival Community Engagement Project and yearly parade. She has researched Carnival arts traditions around the world including in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago.

Andre Harrington is currently a Professor of Design at California State University, San Bernardino. Mr. Harrington holds a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, in addition to earlier costume design training from the University of Maryland at College Park. Mr. Harrington hails from the east coast, and was a freelance designer in Philadelphia, PA. He has designed costumes for many professional theatre companies, including The Alliance Theatre, TheatreWorks USA, The Court Theatre, Theatre Virginia, Freedom Theatre, St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, and Crossroads Theatre. Mr. Harrington currently serves on the 2018/2020 executive board of the Black Theatre Network as President. He also holds membership with United State Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT), Phi Beta Delta Honor Society and a part of CSUSB organizational membership of TCG. Mr. Harrington is a member of the United Scenic Artists Union 829.

Our Webinar Moderator

Kathryn Ervin
Professor & Founding Member of The Black Theatre Network