I believe that theatre has a unique ability to engage with the present moment -- that, in fact, this ability is precisely what distinguishes theatre from other art-forms. Where else do you gather bodies in a space to share in a collective storytelling experience, real-time? To breathe the same air and hear the same songs and participate in the same moment? I believe that this gathering is fundamental to the human spirit, and I believe that the present moment is always political. Therefore, theatre makers must engage in it as such. Toni Cade Bambara once said, “the role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.” I believe that there are two main avenues through which this can be achieved. One is to, as Nina Simone once said, “reflect the times” -- to hold a mirror to society and the audience living in it. The other is to inspire better times; to envision utopia so that we might one day create it. To reflect, to inspire -- these are my callings as an artist, and the foundation of the work I do.

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