Black artists face unique challenges in their careers on a daily basis. Every other Thursday, join San Diego REP’s Development Coordinator and local radio personality Ahmed Dents as he has a conversation with influential Black artists about what they have faced and how the future must change. Each live event will feature prominent Black artists from San Diego and beyond discussing their careers in theatre and their experiences as Black Americans in the industry. The discussion will be followed by a brief question and answer session where you can ask the guests your questions directly! Tune in with us as we listen to these important perspectives on how the industry can do better and be better for Black artists and communities everywhere.
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is the Associate Artistic Director and first Director of Arts Engagement for The Old Globe. His work builds positive social connections, decreases social isolation, and increases empathy among participants. Most of his practice is with economically, geographically, and culturally diverse communities that have limited access to professional performing arts. He has developed a host of new programs facilitating the Globe’s commitment of making theater matter to more people. A graduate of both New York University and Sarah Lawrence College, Freedome served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia. He has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and other publications for his curatorial and engagement process.
Thomas W. Jones II
has directed, written, and performed in more than 150 plays worldwide. Tom is co-founder of Jomandi Productions in Atlanta, where for over 20 years as Co-Artistic Director and later Producing Director, he saw Jomandi soar to become the third largest African-American theatre company in the United States. In 2000, Tom and his co-founders left Jomandi to create VIA International Artists, Inc. His work as a writer, director, and actor has been acclaimed nationally and internationally. His work has received 39 Washington, DC Helen Hayes Award nominations, winning 12 awards, including Best Director for Home and Bessie’s Blues, which he also wrote. He has also received three New York Audelco Award nominations, the Dramalogue Award, the San Diego Critics Award, and the NAACP Phoenix Award among others.
Minka Wiltz is a professional writer, actor and singer. As an actor, Minka has collaborated most extensively on new and developing works written by playwrights including Robert O'Hara, Marcus Gardley, and Kia Corthron. She has performed on the stages of The Alliance Theater, Horizon Theater, Actors Express, Synchronicity Performance Group, The Atlanta Opera, San Diego Repertory Theater, and The Atlanta Symphony. Minka has sung as a featured soloist in the Atlanta Opera Chorus of Porgy and Bess. In 2019 she was honored by Emory University with their Community Artist Impact Award and in 2017 she received the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Lead Female Performance in a Musical. Her most recent works include the highly successful Decatur Dinners which is being used to bring about healing across racial lines. Currently Minka is introducing a course on breathing — The Deep Breathe: Reconnect To Your Breath — will be made available online.