Lisa Young | Breakout Session
This breakout session, entitled "Ain't I a Woman? Gender, Ethnicity, 'Type' and Color Flexibility Casting" will take an interactive, humorous, yet frank look at the issues that face female actors of color. The goal is to create a positive dialogue about strategies that impact positive change in the industry. With the success of Hamilton and the failure of Hollywood and the 2015 Oscars to nominate people of color - this juxtaposed with Audra McDonald's numerous nominations and awards on the the stage, this discussion is current and relevant. Lisa Young will join Jenna Oliver for this discussion to explore historical precedents, current trends and what has yet to be done. This session aims to educate ourselves about what works and what doesn't and to leave with tangible techniques to move forward and truly make progress in the field.
Lisa Young is a seasoned actress of color who has performed with many theatre companies. Recent regional credits include Spotlight's To Kill a Mockingbird and Phamaly's touring children's musical Rapunzel. Regional honors include the CCTC Festival 2014 Best Actress Award for her work in A Song For Coretta.
Lisa has first-hand knowledge of the issues that actresses of color face in finding viable roles. As a mentor to many young actors, she is passionate about providing insight and guidance to women of color in theatre.