Kuo: Acting Beyond Marginalization

Presented by: Peter Kuo

Our individual identity affects our day to day interactions. Whether through internal social conditioning or external biases and prejudices; we are physical, emotional, and mentally impacted by how we are perceived in the world. This class focuses on understanding the dynamics of how we, as People of Color, function in the world. What makes this experience unique to the individual artist? How aware or unaware is a character of their own movement in the world with this history? How do these interactions influence the training of actors; the power dynamic between instructor and students, the selection of material, the acknowledgment/ignorance of cultural differences? Whiteness has long dominated the American theatre and its training. This class practices the creation of space for People of Color to train together. We will begin understanding our identity and how to utilize it to disrupt or work with our artistry and our industry, which is currently rooted in white ideologies.

Students may be required to do up to 2 hours of individual work, and up to 2 hours of outside rehearsal every week.

This program is made possible with a gift from Karen Huie.