“When you hear this young man’s story and you hear him choke with emotion, it’s hard for anyone to say, Oh, this is just an opportunist coming to America to steal American jobs.”
A recap of the performing arts in a tumultuous year.
This year, Somerville Theatre’s “The Slutcracker" will be told in cinematic form.
Dennis Trainor Jr.'s virtual theater piece reflects on electoral politics, 2016 race.
Taking Action for Black Lives in Boston’s Arts Community
According to Sheridan Thomas, teaching comedic timing is nearly impossible through a computer screen. Thomas, a teacher of acting and directing at Tufts University, is 70 years old and never had to teach online before COVID-19. She had to adjust to tools like Zoom to conduct her comedic Shakespeare class, and lagging WiFi made a mess of the course.
“People are recognizing that we artists live off this to a higher degree, versus the assumption that we do this just for fun.”
“I’m concerned for the economic welfare and health of our artists, but I’m not afraid and not nervous about what creativity is actually taking place right now.”
While the Afro Flow crew usually attracts around 40-50 attendees at a regular class, after just one week of streaming, they have more than 7,000 views on Facebook alone. Salmon Jones says she's had attendees from as close by as Northeastern, to folks tuning in from Barbados.