ChrisTiana ObeySumner, a social impact consultant for Seattle Opera, is leading conversations on Black representation and inclusion this spring and summer during the company’s presentations of Aida and Porgy and Bess. “Cultured Conversations: Black Inclusion at the Opera," is a free forum open to individuals who identify as Black* with an interest in theater, classical music, the performing arts, and especially—opera. Participants will be able to speak freely and share ideas in this safe space for people of color. Topics will include Black representation onstage and behind the scenes, various ways to get involved with the art form, and potential steps toward a future for opera that centers people of color.
*This forum will seek to intentionally center the narratives of folks who identify as Black-American, Afro-Latinx, or otherwise a member of the African Diaspora. Seattle Opera will have future opportunities for non-Black allies.
Learn more about ChrisTiana ObeySumner’s work on our blog.
Please note: the forum will be recorded, and responses will be used as part of a report written by ChrisTiana ObeySumner to be shared with Seattle Opera. Each participant will be asked to sign a form of consent and release. The contents of these forms will be explained in explicit detail at the start of the forum. Contact for additional responses and to provide input if unable to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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