UNPACKING, UNLEARNING, UNITING
BECOMING was featured on Unifying America, a national segment on CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell on Feb. 1, 2021.
Interviews include Artistic Director, Anthony Moseley, former Executive Director, Marcus Robinson, and artist Sean Patrick Leonard, as well as footage from our monthly workshop Becoming and our World Premiere A Blue Island in the Red Sea.
Support this important work by making a donation or joining us for a Crucial Conversation at one of our Becoming workshops!
BECOMING is a virtual program that provides space and fellowship for people looking to unpack bias and White privilege, unlearn inherent White Supremacy, and engage in meaningful dialogue around systems of oppression fellow members of the community, to unite in the fight against racism, patriarchy and other oppressive systems.
Anthony Moseley (Artistic Director) and Dr. Marcus Robinson (Board Member) and Carla Stillwell (Producer)
WHO CAN ATTEND?
Everyone is welcome to join. This programming is ideal for ages 16+, or with guardian supervision for youth under age 16. Attendees do not have to attend every session, but are free to do so.
The first Tuesday of each month
DR. MARCUS ROBINSON
Karla Estela Rivera is a writer, performer, activist, and arts advocate that has leveraged her gift of storytelling to uplift and create opportunities for, with, and in divested communities. Karla is a former artistic associate of Teatro Luna and former company member of UrbanTheater Company. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of the historic Free Street Theater, is a company member of 2nd Story in Chicago, and author of the first-ever commissioned young audiences piece for the Joffrey Ballet, Rita Finds Home. In addition to her artistic work, Karla has served in non-profit organizations for over a decade, beginning as a teaching artist and youth worker, to making national history in systems-level leadership, policy, and public affairs. Karla continues to perform in venues and zoom rooms across the country, and actively teaches storytelling and consults on advocacy initiatives. She is a native of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Film & Video, with graduate studies at New York University.
Lauren Sivak believes in supporting those organizations that do essential work in the communities they serve. Since joining 2nd Story in 2014, she has more than tripled the organization's annual operating budget and has grown the organization's fundraising event income tenfold. Under her leadership, 2nd Story moved from its loft-office space in North Center to a storefront studio in Albany Park. Lauren has previously worked with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, About Face Theatre, Walkabout Theater, and Cor Theatre. A proud resident of Albany Park, Lauren is the Local School Council Community Rep for Albany Park Multicultural Academy, a founding member and current Chair of the Friends of Roosevelt High School, and was previously the Vice President of Education for the North River Commission. She is the recipient of Harry L. Davis Executive Education Scholarship for Nonprofit Leaders through the University of Chicago and has two certificates in Nonprofit Management from UIC. (she/her/hers)
Anthony Moselely has been the Artistic Director of Collaboraction since 1999, using theater as a tool of knowledge, empathy, dialogue and action. Through this work, Moseley has commissioned and collaborated with thousands of artists to build a more equitable future for Chicago through projects including Sketchbook Festival, Peacebook, Encounter and The Light youth theater festival. As a writer/director he created Crime Scene: a Chicago Anthology and its four sequels, This is Not a Cure For Cancer, Connected and A Blue Island in the Red Sea. In 2018, Collaboraction was honored with a Comcast/Ovation Stand for the Arts Award and an Otto Award for “ground-breaking political theater.”
PAST TOPICS AND CONVERSATIONS INCLUDE:
May 4 at 6 pm (CST)
Andy Swindler of Organizing White Men for Collective Liberation
June 1 at 6 pm (CST)
Juneteenth and George Floyd: One year later. What Have We Learned?
July 6 at 6 pm (CST)
The American Dream: A discussion around the National Anthem
August 3 at 6 pm (CST)
The Role of Technology in Human Development and Dismantling Oppression
September 7 at 6 pm (CST)
Arab Americans and Whiteness with Jamil Khoury of Silk Road Rising
October 5 at 6 pm (CST)
Connections between the Civil War and the 2021 Insurrection featuring Oh, Colonizers by Carla Stillwell
November 2 at 6 pm (CST)
December 7 at 6 pm (CST)
Holiday Dinner Peace Strategies (or How to Help Uncle Don See the Light)
February 1 at 7 pm (CST)
Bias In The Legal System