What I Didn’t Know I Needed

What do you do if you are Asian American growing up without a role model? A child never seeing a successful actor, model, pop star, ballerina, athlete, or even popular kid or teacher that looks like you? How do you dream of being any of those things? Without conscientiously thinking about it, you try to be as white as possible, because white is beauty and success.

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Lack of Diversity in Theatre's Directors and Choreographers

As this year I have been celebrating my 50​th​ anniversary in the performing arts, my thoughts have turned towards what conversations I’d like to have with other like minded, passionate artists. For some time now, I have been tossing around the idea for an opinion piece on what I call the theatre world’s “elephant in the room”: the absence of directors and choreographers of color on projects based on stories about people of color.

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EMPOWERMENT - DIVERSITY 

I am ½ Chinese and ½ Cuban, grew up in Houston, TX in the 60’s and 70’s.   My parents had a super immigrant mentality - hard working, wanting to give their kids the best life possible; be American and be grateful for the freedoms afforded by this great Country.  I was and I am all for that, 100%.   But we did not speak of differences, or discuss that every group really likes their own and your adorable diverse, multi ethnic kids might never fit in anywhere completely!

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We Are Family

Who would have thought in 4 short years a small theatre company in Connecticut could expand into a family of over 300 professional artists, donors, and steadfast supporters. As we are about to venture into our fifth season, beginning with our Annual Gala at the Bingham Camp on June 1st, we are taking a moment to reflect on the community we have created and all of the people who have made Live & In Color the warm and welcoming artistic home we have become.

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Holding Out for a Hero

Now, imagine growing up and admiring these heroes or heroines, but imagine that NONE OF THEM look anything like you. In fact, their features are the polar opposite of yours. Strong noses, when yours is flat and wide. Tall and muscular, when you are may be a little over 5 feet with a toned body but not the Hercules presented on screen. Blonde hair and fair skin — you have jet black hair and your skin is the color of the earth.

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