AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE - Winter 2024
"Passing the Torch" A Special Issue on Theatre Training:
THE PIPELINE - "All Set to Succeed"
"People should think it's their duty, and not just the duty of Black people, to train people of color."
The diversification of theatre design starts, but doesn't end, with training - by Crystal Paul
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Dr. Stephanie Anne Johnson is celebrating almost 50 years as a lighting designer. She credits Black women and a few white allies with helping her find her footing in the industry at a time when she was often the only person of color on the production crew.
LIGHTING DESIGN WORKSHOP
Dance Brigade's Dance Mission and Afro Urban Society prepped for another round of Lighting Design & Tech Fellowship Series for people of African descent.
They kicked it off with an amazing lecture/demo with the master artist Stephanie Anne Johnson on Sunday, August 4th at The Ubuntu Theatre Project in Oakland.
Dr. Johnson will continue to work with the Fellows in this year long training program.
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Comments from workshop participants
Thoughtful lighting has the ability to add dimension to a piece of work on a visceral level. I am also always willing to show up in spaces where a person of my skin tone and gender are not expected.”
My joy was compounded by having the opportunity to collaborate fearlessly with and draw creative confidence from other Black women.”
I recently performed as an emerging artist in this year's QCC Queer Arts Festival Program. One of the trainings we had access to was lighting design with Stephanie Johnson, it was amazing.”