Disruptive Stages

Disruptive Stages

Conversations about the ideas that disrupt and transform the performing arts. Each episode features an interview with an artist or performing arts scholar that delves into how innovators challenge the boundaries of their art forms. Interdisciplinary artists and work, such as opera, music theater, multimedia performance art, and dance theater; cross-cultural perspectives and historically marginalized voices are in focus. Hosted by Jennifer Williams. Original photo credit: Fay Fox... Show More
July 23, 2020 41 min

Jennifer Williams interviews performer, teacher and activist Dr. Derrell Acon. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Acon received an Andrew W. Mellon grant for his work on Verdian scholarship and performance. His most recent scholarship on Blacktivism and the power of performance education has been presented around the country, and he is well-known for his groundbreaking work as an activist on the subject matter of race and equity. He also enjoys an active performance career as an acclaimed bass-baritone, including recent appearances at The Glimmerglass Festival and LA Master Chorale. We discuss an overlooked avenue in Verdian scholarship, Blacktivism as scholarship and in practice, his experience as Long Beach Opera’s Director of Engagement and Equity and Black Opera Alliance’s leader, and his advice for young performer-activists.

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