Week 3: Re-Imagining Our Future(s)
“This is what we know to be true: we need to acknowledge that land belonged to the First Peoples. Black Lives Matter. Representation Matters. Colonization pulls us apart from each other and ourselves. And racism and white supremacy are the greatest threat to our shared humanity. We carry these values with us as we explore a new future, centering love, empathy, and relationality. Join us as we build a new reality together.”
-Katia Cardenas, Pangea World Theater’s Education Coordinator
Tonight at 6PM CST, Pangea World Theater presents the "Reimagining Education" a panel series addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent social uprisings on the arts and education. You can watch any of our previous education panels here.
This time, we are speaking with artists and educators from across the country to reimagine a world "Beyond Shakespeare and the Western Canon."
Together we will discuss the current state of the field, dissect the system that maintains this status quo, while discussing creative solutions to instill and sustain meaningful change, so that all stories and voices are seen and heard in classrooms and in
the public sphere.
Meet the Panelists
Playwright/Director Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her work centers on the development of an indigenous Hawaiian theatre aesthetic and form, language revitalization, and the empowerment of cultural identity through stage performance. Baker is the artistic director of Ka Hālau Hanakeaka, a Hawaiian medium theatre troupe based on O‘ahu. Originally from Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i she now resides in Kahalu‘u, Ko‘olaupoko, O‘ahu with her ‘ohana.
Kathryn Haddad has been a high school teacher in Minnesota since 1991. Her licensure is in English Language Arts and Communication Arts with master’s degrees in Liberal Studies and Public Affairs. She has developed and taught classes in literature, writing, and film, and serves as a concurrent enrollment instructor at both Normandale Community College and Minneapolis Community College. In addition to her work as a teacher, she is the Executive and Artistic Director of New Arab American Theater Works in Minneapolis and was the founder and executive/artistic director of Mizna for over a decade. Kathryn is a 2004-05 recipient of an Archibald Bush Leadership Fellowship for her work with the Arab American community. She has received three Playwright’s Center Many Voices Fellowships, is a recipient of the 2018 Kay Sexton Award from the Minnesota Book Awards for her work with the Arab American Community, and is a 2019-20 Jerome Artist Fellow in theater. As a playwright, her works have been presented throughout Twin Cities stages. She has had several works published in anthologies including the upcoming, More Than A Single Story anthology edited by David Mura and Carolyn Holbrook, University of Minnesota Press, 2021.
Sage Crump is a culture strategist, artist and facilitator who expands and deepens the work of cultural workers, and arts organizations in social justice organizing. Sage is a member of Complex Movements, a Detroit-based artist collective whose interdisciplinary work supports local and translocal visionary organizing. She is principal and co-founder with artist muthi reed of The Kinfolks Effect (TKE) Studio. TKE Studio is an incubation space for multimedia interdisciplinary artwork that examines the movement of Blackness through time and space. She is the Program Specialist for Leveraging A Network for Equity ( LANE) at the National Performance Network and holds the position of Chief Architect at the Emergent Strategies Ideation institute.
Beliza Torres Narváez is an artist/scholar/educator and a Tenured Professor of the Theater Department at Augsburg University. She was a resident and touring artist of the Bread and Puppet Theatre (Vermont) for a year, where she learned making and performing with masks and puppets. In Ecuador, she completed a two-year intensive actor training program with internationally renowned Teatro Malayerba. In Puerto Rico, she was the director of Teatro Camagua, a group that worked with children and teens in underserved communities using theatre as a social justice tool. She also was a teaching artist working with teens in rural and inner city public schools and training teachers on how to integrate theatre into the regular curriculum. In Texas, she worked as a teaching artist with Creative Action, an arts-based youth development organization as part of their after school program. Besides collaborating with other artists as a performer, Beliza has also developed her original solo performances such as Cuerpo Público (Casa Cruz '04), Y…Pervertida (Teatro Yerbabruja '06), Doña Ana no está aquí (Teatro Yerbabruja '07), Counting my lunares (University of Texas '08), Sexy Picnic (PSI '13), Hi…perverted (Patrick’s Cabaret Latinx-Q '18). and Resabios the Amargura or that bitter cabaret (Teatro del Pueblo '20). Her credits as a director include: Rudy Ramírez Footnotes for People who don’t Speak Spanish (Vortex Theatre 2011), Karina Casiano’s Silence is Health (Augsburg University '16; Nobel Peace Prize Forum, '17), Javier Murillo’s solo performance Broken English Mother Tongue (Minneapolis Fringe, NYC Fringe, '18; Teatro del Pueblo, '20) and Arístidez Vargas Pluma and the Tempest (Augsburg University, '19). She was also an Arts Organizing Institute Fellow (Pangea World Theatre '17), a guest director of Lake Street Story Circles Project (Pangea '19), and guest artist of the National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation (Pangea and Art2Action '19). At Augsburg, she was also Sabo Community Engagement Fellow (2016-17) and a Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow (2018-20). And she is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Contribution Award for Teaching.
Get Your Bids In!
Our silent auction launched yesterday and there are so many amazing items available to bid on! From handmade earrings, gift cards to your favorite restaurants, one-of-a-kind paintings, and beyond. Check it out now!
Double Your Impact
We have a generous matching fund of $2,400 from our amazing board of directors that begins today, 6/24 and lasts until Saturday 6/26 at midnight.
This means that the impact of any donations made during this time will be doubled!