Spotlight for the week of May 11

May 11, 2020

“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” with Laura Loth, is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Laura Loth is a professor at Rhodes College.


Covid-19 has changed the way all theatres fulfill their missions. Our theatres in Memphis are working to stay in touch with their supporters and to continue to bring us meaningful programming. The Hattiloo Theater has been engaged in challenging conversations about historic and contemporary struggles for years, and as we face Covid-19’s impact on the arts, they’re in the trenches wrestling with all that this means for the future of theaters, and black theaters in particular.

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You’re invited to participate in a free Zoom panel discussion titled ‘Black Theatres and Tomorrow’, on Wednesday May 13 at 12 noon. They’ve put together a panel of thinkers, professors of theater, and theater directors from across the country, including ANDRE HARRINGTON, president of the Black Theatre Network and JACKIE TAYLOR, Founder of the 44-year-old Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago, and acclaimed director, playwright and actress.

While you’re on their website, you can catch recordings of past panel discussions and performances, including a recent discussion led by the director and founder of Hattiloo Theater, Ekundayo Bandele on the question “What is Black Theatre?”

For links to these virtual events in Memphis, as well as other suggestions for lifelong learning, keep up with the Spotlight webpage, and make sure to follow us on Facebook.