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    Posted March 9, 2007

"SPIRIT, A CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY" Honors Minority-Based Equity Theatres, Producers in Chicago

Black Ensemble Theatre Producer Jackie Taylor, Central Regional Director Kathryn V. Lamkey, and Congo Square Producer Erin Gilbert

To celebrate Black History month, a reception honoring minority-based and minority-focused Equity theatres was presented by the Central Region Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Committee on Monday, February 26, 2007 in Chicago. Entitled "Spirit, a Celebration of Diversity", the event took place at the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts (the new home of Congo Square Theatre Company).

Producers, ensemble members, Board members, Equity staff and representatives from many of the local minority-based theatres attended, including the Black Ensemble Theatre, Congo Square Theatre, Silk Road Theatre Project, Teatro Vista (Theatre with a View), Urban Theatre Company, and the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre.

Other Central Region minority-based, and focused, theatres include the About Face Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, CollaborAction, Detroit Repertory Theatre, Hansberry-Sands Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre, and the Penumbra Theatre Company.

Based on success of the celebration, Central Region EEO Committee co-chairs Cheryl Lynn Bruce and E.Faye Butler are planning to make this an annual event.

Megha Ralapati (SILK ROAD)

Senior Business Rep Christine A. Provost and Members Aaron Todd Douglas and Nikkieli DeMone

Senior Business Rep Christine A. Provost and SILK ROAD Producers Jamil Khoury and Malik Gillani

Members of Congo Square Theatre Ensemble and Staff

Black Ensemble Producer Jackie Taylor and Independent Director Ron OJ Parson

Teatro Vista Board Chair Tom Greensfelder and EEO Staff Member Luther Goins

Black Ensemble Theatre Board Members

Teatro Vista Producer Eddie Torres

Victory Gardens Producer Marcie McVay, Equity's National Director of Finance and Administration, Steve DiPaola, NY Office Manager Marie Gottschall, Central Regional Director Kathryn V. Lamkey

Central Regional Director Kathryn V. Lamkey

Luther Goins and Rosey Benito Central Region EEO Staff

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