We are pleased to announce that Chicago-based playwright and activist Reginald Edmund will join us on June 29 at 12:30 PM for our discussion of “The Art of Activism in Black Theatre.” Reginald is the co-founder of Black Lives, Black Words International Project. Black Lives, Black Words is described as an artistic movement that spans across countries and continents, in which Black narratives are told by – and under the complete control of – Black Artists with the mission in mind to empower all audiences.
“The Art of Activism in Black Theatre” will be presented at TechTown Detroit on June 29, beginning at 12:30 PM. TechTown is at 440 Burroughs Street in Detroit.
About Reginald Edmund
Reginald Edmund is an award-winning resident playwright of Chicago Dramatists, and Managing Curating Producer of Black Lives, Black Words International Project. He was previously a 2009-2010, 2010-2011 Many Voices Fellow playwright. Originally from Houston, Texas, he served Artistic Director for the Silver House Theatre, as well as the founder and producer for the Silver House Playwrights Festival and the Houston Urban Theatre Series. Reggie was the inaugural recipient of the Kennedy Center Fellowship at Soul Mountain Retreat as well as the 2009 National Runner-up for the Lorraine Hansberry and Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, and most recently the winner of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award for his play ‘SouthBridge’. He received his BFA in Theatre-Performance from Texas Southern University, and his MFA in playwriting at Ohio University under the guidance of Charles Smith. In 2009 He founded the Unit Collective and in 2010 he was named Winner of The Southern Writers Competition, and recognized by TCG as a 2011 Young Leader of Color. His plays, ‘The Ordained Smile of Sadie May Jenkins’, ‘Southbridge’, ‘Juneteenth Street’, and ‘The Redemption of Allah Black’, all part of his nine-play series The City of the Bayou Collection, were developed at esteemed theaters including Ensemble Theatre of Houston, Silver House Theatre, Penumbra Theatre, the Playwrights’ Center, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Moving Arts, Karamu House, Pangea World Theater, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Texas State University Black and Latino Theatre Conference, the Last Frontier Theater Conference, and the Kennedy Center. Most recently he traveled to Colombia to serve as the guest speaker at the Intercolegiado de Teatro de Buenaventura.
Edmund has produced Black Lives, Black Words across the US, in Canada and the UK. The international project premiered in Chicago, July 2015. Black Lives, Black Words has explored the Black experiences in some of the world’s largest multicultural cities, Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Toronto and London. Over sixty Black writers from the UK, USA, and Canada have each written a short play to address Black issues today. Plowshares is very proud to bring the committed artist to Detroit.
About the Artists’ Salon Series
Plowshares Theatre’s Artists’ Salon Series is a comfortable gathering for artists to share their thoughts, reflections, and ideas through a focused discussion on topics of interest to Detroit and its creative community. Salons are moderated by Plowshares ensemble members who will help guide the conversation. Drinks and refreshments create a casual atmosphere, where ideas can flow and the mind can be inspired.