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December 6, 2016

At WNET, Theater Veterans Discuss Diverse Paths to Broadway

In October, WNET’s Inclusion and Diversity Council welcomed three theater professionals to our offices to discuss diversity in theater and media. The panel explored their journeys to telling diverse stories in the theater and how public media can contribute to the conversation.

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Alexandra Wailes & Mandy Gonzales in conversation

The event, hosted by PBS NewsHour Weekend’s Alison Stewart, brought together Mandy Gonzalez, who is currently playing Angelica Schuyler in “Hamilton;” Alexandria Wailes, an actor and associate choreographer in Deaf West’s recent production of “Spring Awakening”; and Emilio Sosa, a costume designer for theater an dance who has worked on Broadway and with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Lynette Taylor provided ASL interpretation.

Each of them spoke about their early experiences in the field, how they have confronted challenges and the importance of fostering a space that supports people from all backgrounds.

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Alison Stewart & Emilio Sosa

The panel discussion marked the inaugural event for the IDC’s speaker series, which aims to bring together professionals across a variety of disciplines. The council has been created to support WNET’s ongoing commitment to fostering a workplace where everyone feels welcome and respected. With members representing different departments, experiences, skills, goals, and ideals, the Council is unified in the belief that through inclusion and diversity, WNET can better serve and reflect our communities.

You can watch the event in the player below.

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