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July 7, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm



Penumbra Theatre Company’s RACE Workshop combines expert facilitation, a powerful exploration of race in America, monologues from artists, and opportunities for participants to use theatre as a way to problem-solve and model. The process celebrates difference, recognizes cultural nuance, and invites everyone to participate in the dialogue. As a result of attending the RACE Workshop, participants:

  • LEARN. Explore how race, gender, class and other identity markers shape our opportunities, success, safety and circumstances.
  • REFLECT. Become more aware of how our inter-sectional identities determine how we see the world and how the world sees us.
  • ACT. Practice intervening in oppressive behaviors as they happen.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020
12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Virtual – The link to join this virtual workshop will be sent to participants the day before the workshop.

This workshop uses the tools of theater to engage issues of identity, equity, and anti-racism, but is open to all Minnesota K-12 and College/University Arts Educators.

Workshop Facilitators: Sun Mee Chomet and Theo Langason
Monologue Artists: Sun Mee Chomet, Isabella Star LaBlanc, Nora Montañez
Penumbra History – Mission – RACE Workshop – Artist Bios

This workshop will happen in three parts – a presentation on stereotypes, artist monologues and discussion, and participant engagement activities exploring identity, social location, privilege, and equity. A more detailed agenda will be forthcoming.

Stereotypes: The Power of Perception This presentation examines how stereotypes have functioned from antiquity through the age of Twitter to shape public perception, discourse, and policy around race and difference. Participants will understand how image and story have been used to dehumanize and control various populations throughout history and that social constructs, such as race, class, and gender have real and devastating impacts that require complex understanding and intentional engagement.

Artist Monologues + Discussion A diverse group of artists share deeply personal and profound stories about their experiences with race and racism, followed by facilitated discussion with participants that invites self-reflection and dialogue. Discussion will focus on how to cultivate narrative empowerment.

**Registration for the workshop is limited to 200 people.**
*CEUs are available.*

This workshop is hosted by the Perpich Center for Arts Education Professional Development and Resource Programs team.

This workshop is paid for by Perpich Center for Arts Education and is FREE to participants.

QUESTIONS: Email Stephanie Lein Walseth at



July 7, 2020
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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