Formerly "Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat"

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A creative home for faces and stories that reflect the diversity of today’s world.


Live & In Color develops new work for the stage that promotes and celebrates diversity. Emphasizing non-traditional casting, multi-ethnic participants, and bold theatricality, we offer unique development opportunities for new plays and musicals that encourage dialogue among artists from a variety of cultures.

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We envision an American Theatre where established and aspiring artists of color have generous opportunities to practice their craft, on- and offstage. In pursuit of this goal, Live & In Color will:

  • Provide a safe, beautiful space in Salem, CT where artists can gather to develop new works that give voice to under-represented communities;
  • Engage the communities of Salem, New York City and the American Theatre in dialogue, to advance the stories and artists associated with Live & In Color;
  • Offer youth opportunities to learn from leaders in the field, in creative and administrative capacities that support our programs.

Named  one of SDC's

"Top 10 Standout Moments"

for diversity and inclusion

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What We Do

Live & In Color centers around an annual two-week retreat at The Bingham Camp in Salem, CT. Each season, participants work on the development of a new musical and a new play. In addition, there are opportunities for readings and exploration of other work while on-site. It culminates in a presentation to an invited audience of local supporters, national art advocates and other professionals.

Under the artistic direction of Devanand Janki, the creative environment is collaborative and supportive, with the ultimate goal of creating high-quality work that has potential to be produced commercially so its message can reach larger audiences.

The quietude of the countryside around The Bingham Camp offers the opportunity for participants to work without the interruption and distraction of a city. All artists receive a stipend plus housing and meals.  


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