Theatre Department prepares for another successful conference
By Mindy Green
For the 11th year, Texas State University is hosting the Black and Latino Playwrights Conference in the Theatre Center. The conference promotes writers who historically have been under-represented and its purpose is to attract and appeal to multicultural involvement in and through theatre.
This year, the conference pays tribute to playwright pioneer Luis Valdez and his El Teatro Campesino for his contributions to and sustained excellence in American theatre. Valdez’s son, Kinan, will be directing one of the play development workshops.
Eugene Lee, conference coordinator and a professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, looks forward to the opportunities the conference provides for cultural exchange among the students and community as a whole. Lee explains that the conference gives students a chance to learn from experienced professional directors and actors during the “intensive, hands-on, in-the-trenches script development process.”
“A central goal of the conference is to encourage the creation and development of new plays,” Lee says. “We hope attendees will learn how important an audience can be to the development of plays written for them and about them and come to a sense of pride supporting and nourishing their storytellers.”
The conference takes place September 9-15 in the Theatre Center. Tickets are $5 per seat. For reservations, call the Texas State Box Office at 512.245.2204. See the schedule of events here.