Friday, October 2, 2009, 4:00-5:30 pm
Arts, Culture, and the Soul of a City
Donald King ’93, Founder and Artistic/Executive Director, Providence Black Repertory Company
Location: Rites and Reason Theatre, 155 Angell Street
Founded in 1996 by Artistic/Executive Director Donald W. King ‘93, Providence Black Repertory Company produced its first production on the third floor of an old print shop in Downcity Providence. As a native Rhode Islander, King was acutely aware of the need and responsibility to build a vital cultural institution dedicated to making an artistic, social, and political impact. Along the way, the theatre also birthed Sound Session, a major annual summer music festival organized in partnership with the city. Thirteen years later, the region and theatre face serious economic challenges. How can an innovative theatre reinvent itself, survive, and thrive in these difficult times?
Don King is the recipient of the 2009 John Hope Alumni Award for Public Service, presented by the Brown Alumni Association and Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service. This forum is co-sponsored by the Swearer Center, the Department of Africana Studies and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.