UM/Eastman “Disruption. Action. Change.” Virtual Series

“Disruption. Action. Change.” is a three-part online series where five performing arts change-makers will discuss the role of disruption as an essential force in pursuit of a more just and equitable arts ecosystem. This free series, aimed at the next generation of arts leaders (students and young professionals), centers the notion that upending existing organizational policy, bias, and protocols are vital to the future of the performing arts as we know it. Join our guests virtually each week for in-depth discussion and Q&A featuring audience questions!

This collaboration between The Eastman School of Music’s Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation & Research and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s EXCEL Lab will feature:
– Blog posts authored by each of the five guests
– Three live Zoom sessions, each featuring conversation and Q&A with our guests
– A summative podcast episode produced by Classically Black Podcast

Register to receive Zoom links for each session at All sessions will be recorded for asynchronous viewing for those registered.

Session 1: Disrupting Traditional Organizational Practice and Taking Risks to Advance ADEI/Anti-racism Policies
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 4:30–6PM EST
Ashleigh Gordon (Castle of Our Skins) and Margaret Lioi (Chamber Music America)

Session 2: Making and Spreading Art That Advocates for Change
Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 4:30–6PM EST
Garrett McQueen (Trilloquy) and Joel Thompson (composer)

Session 3: Disrupting Performance Practice Traditions and Subverting Stereotypes of the Stage
Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 4:30–6PM EST
Antonio C. Cuyler (Florida State University/University of Michigan)


Deadline 11 March 2021



March 11


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