With panelists Molly Diers, Laura Stearns, Elena Giannetti, and Pogi Sumangil. Moderated by Wendy Knox.
April 14 AT 7PM on FACEBOOK LIVE
- Molly Diers worked as a carpenter in the Guthrie scene shop off and on for 13 years. She won an unfair labor practice case against the theatre for its toxic work environment where sexual harassment was constant and is now a freelance carpenter and president of IATSE local 13, the Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter of the international union of stagehands.
- Laura Stearns, an actor/writer, was a 15-year-old student at CTC when a teacher raped her. Several years ago, she brought a lawsuit against the theatre, an action that spurred other legal settlements with the many students who were abused for years at that institution.
- Elena Giannetti is a director with more than 30 years of experience as an actor, producer and artistic director in the Twin Cities theater community. Throughout her career, she has personally experienced and been witness to abuses of power and is committed to building back better as our industry returns to the stage.
- Pogi Sumangil is a Filipino American actor/playwright who has navigated the largely white waters of the Twin Cities theatre community for 20 years. He is very familiar with the power dynamics of the theatre community and has also worked as a trainer with the military to help prevent sexual assault.
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