Our Ghostlight:

This lamp, continuously lit in our lobby,
reminds us that Live Arts is a space
for all people to convene and create —
regardless of race, class, religion,
country of origin, immigration status, ability,
age, gender identity, or sexual identity.
It reminds us to keep
looking for the light—and to carry
that light with us into our community.

This Season, Live Arts held three discussions on Diversity and Community in American Theater.

Discussion One:

A roundtable discussion on inclusivity in local theaters was held on Sunday, October 15th at 7 pm in the Founder’s Theater. We invited community leaders and other notables in the Charlottesville theater community to engage in a 90-minute discussion that is specific to the Charlottesville area in a collaborative and open setting. The goals for the first meeting were to assess our current state of inclusivity in theaters, to share our challenges, to identify programs that have been successful, and to brainstorm about ways that we can do better to engage our full community!

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Discussion Two:

A Youth-Filled Panel Discussion with the young actors, designers, and playwrights from Monticello High School was held on Sunday, January 7, 2018, following the original performance of A KING’S STORY.

Discussion Three:

This dialogue continued. A planning session—where we are, where we want to go. Our goal is to provide a forum for more formal discussion of the issues at hand and we will take a look—not just at Charlottesville—but at trends and movements in professional, academic, and community theaters across America.


Our Ghostlight is on. Everyone is welcome to join our mission of forging community and theatre.