EPISODE THREE: Who’s In Your Audience?
With Nora Montanez Patterson, Pedro Bayon, and Theo Langason, moderated by Sandy Agustin
November 11 at 7pm on Facebook Live
Panelists Nora Montanez Patterson, Pedro Bayon, and Theo Langason, with moderator Sandy Agustin, will discuss the experiences of BIPOC artists, creating work that is rooted in their community and their experience, as they perform for a largely white audience in the Twin Cities.
The typical demographic of most Twin Cities theatre audiences is primarily white, even for theatres that are led by BIPOC artists. There are variances, of course, and theatres that are most deeply rooted in the community they represent show the most variety in their audience composition.
Even as we get more diverse offerings in the theatre that is being produced in the Twin Cities, the majority of theatregoers remain white. What does this mean for BIPOC performers? And what does the future of theatre look like in the Twin Cities?
Part of Frank Theatre’s mission is to create work that “explores ideas and issues of social, political and/or cultural concern.” Although that mission cannot be accomplished on the stage during COVID, Frank Theatre believes in the importance of continuing to have conversations that question the world we live in. Taking the moniker from Frank’s regular newsletter, “FRANKLY SPEAKING: What’s Up With That?” invites the public to join in an exploration of the kinds of questions that drive and inform the work that Frank typically puts on stage.