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THE LORRAINE HANSBERRY THEATRE FUND FOR NEW BLACK VOICES
Black artists, and to a greater degree Black female and nonbinary theatre makers, are not receiving the representation they deserve on our stages. Transforming the systemic racism of the American theatre demands financial investment. It is crucial to pledge resources in order to amplify the works of talented artists of color and to ensure that diverse, essential stories take center stage. Presenting works by women of color is a part of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre’s DNA; this theatre has long nurtured Black female playwrights such as Ntozake Shange early in their careers. In honor of our revolutionary Black female namesake, I aim to make this mission central to the operations of this theatre as its Artistic Director, further establishing Lorraine Hansberry Theatre as the place where emerging Black playwrights find a haven to develop their voices.”
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's Artistic Director Margo Hall is committed to creating a safe space for fostering Black artists, including Black female and nonbinary artists who continue to be deeply underrepresented, as well as increasing society’s exposure to diverse perspectives. With her appointment, Hall and the theatre introduce The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Fund for New Black Voices, dedicating resources to supporting rising Black playwrights, directors, choreographers, actors, and theatre makers. Among the aims of this groundbreaking fund is the support of new works developed at the theatre company.
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