“Our theatres have to look like our cities. We must look at what structural pathways have been blocked, and what structural pathways you can put in place.”
Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theatre in London, joined Andrew Recinos for a conversation about the role of theatre in the unprecedented times we are collectively facing.
Kwei-Armah discussed the responsibility of theatres to address systemic inequities head-on, his own experiences as a Black man in both the United States and the UK, and the risks of thinking we’ve won a battle when we have only “won the silence.”
“How we dismantle is very important, but how we rebuild is equally important.”
Theatre will be essential in allowing us to discern a way forward, and to envision how we can rebuild in a way that centres innovation, inclusivity, and collaboration.
Top photo: Artifacts from The floor is yours project at The Young Vic.