Creating Anti-Racist Theater

Guest Artist Series: Creating Anti-Racist Theater is the professional guest artist series of the School of Theater, offering students, faculty, staff, and members of the theatrical community the opportunity to discuss and explore ideas and practices around building inclusive spaces and practices in the global theater industry.

Knowing that it is critical for students to engage with their industry while studying at Mason, Djola Branner, Director of the School of Theater, decided to create opportunities for exactly that with this program.

“The series seeks to develop more awareness of ways in which the underrepresentation of marginalized voices persists in the American theater, to become more familiar with BIPOC artists and scholars engaged in conversations for radical change and racial justice, and to cultivate more comfort and proficiency when discussing race, power and privilege,” said Branner. “I love that people from across the country tune in for these inspiring talks.” — Djola Branner
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This series will be presented via Zoom on select Mondays.
from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET.
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The Fall 2022 series
This 2022-2023 series will focus on theater makers who identify as LBGTQ+ and are leading practices around inclusion and anti-racism in theatrical spaces.
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Clint Ramos
Sep. 19, 2022 12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m.
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Daniel Alexander Jones
Oct. 17, 2022 12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m.
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P. Carl
Nov. 14, 2022 12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m.

Additional Information

Guests for Spring 2023 will also be announced here at a later date.

  • These conversations will be recorded and made available to view at a later date.
  • To participate in the live events you must register. Registration links can be found below. These live events are free to attend and open to the public.

For more information please contact: Nicholas Kfoury Horner 

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Clint Ramos: September 19, 2022 12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m.

Clint Ramos

Clint Ramos is a designer, educator, advocate and creative producer who works in film and theater. Current film credits include production design for Lingua Franca by Isabel Sandoval for Netflix. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival which chronicled the daily struggles of an undocumented Filipina transwoman in New York. And his costume design for RESPECT, the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson for MGM.

He is the recipient of a TONY® Award for Best Costume Design of a Play for Eclipsed making him the first person of color to win that category. Prior TONY® nominations were for his costume designs for The Rose Tattoo, Once On This Island, Torch Song and for his scenic design for Slave Play. He is also the recipient of two OBIE Awards, including one for Sustained Excellence in Design, 3 Lucille Lortel Awards , A Drama Desk Award, An Outer Critics Circle Award, 2 American Theater Wing Henry Hewes Awards, and a Helen Hayes Award. He is also the recipient of the Ani ng Dangal Presidential Medal for dramatic arts from the President of the Philippines, and has received this honor twice. He is the producing creative director for Encores! at New York City Center.

He has designed sets and/or costumes for over two hundred theater, opera and dance productions. Selected credits include the Broadway productions of Grand Horizons, Slave Play, The Rose Tattoo with Marisa Tomei, Burn This with Adam Driver and Keri Russell, Torch Song, Once On This Island, Six Degrees of Separation with Allison Janney, Sunday in the Park With George with Jake Gyllenhaal, In Transit, Eclipsed with Lupita Nyong’o, Violet with Sutton Foster and The Elephant Man with Bradley Cooper (also West End). His designs have been seen at the Public Theater where he has designed 23 shows, New York Theater Workshop, Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Signature Theater, Classic Stage Company, Ma-Yi, NAATCO, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Women’s Project, Soho Playhouse, Mint Theater, Red Bull Theater, The Asia Society, and many others.

As an educator, Clint was the professor and Head of Design and Production at Fordham University until 2022. Prior to this, he was professor of scenic design at SUNY Purchase and has been a visiting professor/artist at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, University of California Santa Cruz and Georgetown University. He serves on the American Theatre Wing’s Advisory Committee, and his lifelong advocacy is for an equitable landscape in theatre and film for Black, Indigenous and People of Color and for the rights of immigrants.

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Daniel Alexander Jones: October 17, 2022 12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m.

Daniel Alexander

Daniel Alexander Jones exemplifies the artist-as-energy worker. His wildflower body of original work includes plays, performance pieces, recorded music, concerts, music theatre events, essays, and long-form improvisations. He explores the esoteric and the everyday through his own distinctive dramaturgy. Jones’s critically-acclaimed pieces include Radiate (Soho Rep and National Tour; Black Light (Public Theater, Greenwich House Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Penumbra Theatre); Duat (Soho Rep); An Integrator’s Manual (La MaMa, etc. and Fusebox Festival). Jones has recorded six albums of original songs as his alter-ego, Jomama Jones. Daniel’s current project, Aten Life, significantly expands his digital media presence. He has been a part of arts communities in New York City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Austin, Boston, and Los Angeles, where he bases his practice.

Jones directed world-premieres of new plays and performance pieces by E. Patrick Johnson, Erik Ehn, Renita Martin, and Shay Youngblood, among others. He is a company member of Penumbra Theatre Company in St. Paul; an associate company member of Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis; an alumnus of New Dramatists, and was a company member of Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre in Austin. Jones was honored with the PEN America Laura Pels Foundation Theatre Award in 2021. Daniel is a TED Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and the recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, a Doris Duke Artist Award, an Alpert Award in the Arts, a USA Artist Fellowship, an Arts Matters grant, an inaugural Creative Capital Grant, a McKnight National Residency and Commission, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, a NEA/TCG Playwriting Residency, a Jerome Fellowship, and a Many Voices Playwriting Fellowship. Jones was the lead artist on five projects awarded support by the MAP Fund and is a NEFA National Theatre Project grantee. Daniel has been a Mellon Creative Research Fellow at the University of Washington, a Hume Fellow at Occidental College, a Fellow at the Hemispheric Institute at NYU, and has been in residence at a number of colleges and universities across the country including CalArts and UCLA’s Center for New Performance. Jones received a Bistro Award for Outstanding Performance Artistry for Jomama Jones, and a Franky Award from the Prelude Festival in recognition of long-term, extraordinary impact on contemporary theatre and performance.

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P. Carl: November 14, 2022 12:00 p.m – 1:30 p.m.

P. Carl

Carl is the author of the memoir, Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition (Simon & Schuster, 2020), which Publishers Weekly described as “moving and captivating.” A section of the book was excerpted and featured in The New York Times Magazine.

He is the Distinguished Artist in Residence, Department of Performing Arts, at Emerson College in Boston and is the Anschutz Fellow at Princeton University for Spring 2020. He was awarded a 2017 Art of Change Fellowship from the Ford Foundation, the Berlin Prize fellowship from the American Academy for the Fall of 2018, and the Andrew W. Mellon Creative Research Residency at the University of Washington. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe Magazine, and Lit Hub. He is currently working on the stage adaptation of Becoming a Man, commissioned by American Repertory Theater, Diane Paulus directing. His most recent work as a dramaturg includes Claudia Rankine’s The White Card. He is the founder of the online journal Howlround. Operating from the core belief that theater is for everyone, Carl seeks to use the power of live performance in concert with opportunities for international dialogue and activism to foster personal and political transformation through the shared experience of art. Discussing the founding of Howlround, Carl notes: "When you open the door, when you say anyone’s welcome, a lot of people who haven't felt welcome come through.” In an interview with WBUR in Boston, Carl reflected on his career in theatre: “I think you could see, in my career, a commitment to social justice and activism. The questions of equity and inclusion—those questions are the ‘whys’ of theater. In the career I've put together, I've not lost any of those passions."

Carl received a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and a Masters in Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and holds a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota. He was born in Elkhart, Indiana, and now lives in Boston with his spouse, the writer Lynette D'Amico, and their dogs Lenny Obama and Sonny.

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Watch Past Speakers

Tlaloc Rivas

Omi Osun Joni L. Jones

Julia Cho and Chay Yew

Mary Kathryn Nagle

Nikkole Salter

​Luis Alfaro