Art as activism

Join the Young Professional Board of Stage 773 (YPB) in their first Artist Professional Development Series event!



TOP 5 TIPS from
art as activism

1.  If you don't feel like you can write your role, partner with someone who can!

2.  By being on stage and representing your community, you are being an activist.

3.  Sometimes you feel the pressure to give the audience "what they want."  Sometimes, what actually works is you doing you.

4.  Pick your battles because "young performers" sometimes are seen as needing to "pay their dues", and older performers are "outdated."  Communicate more!

5.  Ask and talk about your goals and opportunities you want.  You never may know if someone else is interested in helping, or if it already exists!

Held in the Thrust Theater, this panel discussion will recognize the "theater club" has been too exclusive for too long and now is the time to do better for all art and provide instruments of impact on all levels of art-making.

YPB wants to discuss, provide the tools, and learn how to mobilize to make integration the goal for our building and the community we serve. 

To learn more: Contact our Development office, at devo@stage773.com. 

A moderated panel discussion with leading art-makers of the Chicago Arts Community, providing the tools to make integration the goal within every aspect of art making and working towards safe spaces for all voices to create, collaborate and celebrate.

This 5 person panel will explore and focus on what can be done strategically to mobilize, model the best methods, and evaluate different dialogues when including all voices in the art-making process.

We know it's impossible to tear down everything and rebuild, but we hope this event will ease barriers and allow us to be activists together!

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Shelby Plummer - Shelby is an alumni of Indiana University where she studied English, Theater, and Gender Studies. She is currently the Creative Director of iO Chicago and the producer of the show Girl Gang.


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Becca Browne - Audience Development and Group Sales Manager at Victory Gardens. Graduate of Loyola University in Public Relations and Theatre with a focus on Women Studies and Gender Studies. Her work within the community has been outreach and developing programs to create a more diverse audience, accessible programming to discover ways to make theatre more inclusive for people with disabilities. As well as, an artistic associate with Black Lives and Black Words International Project.


Daryl Brookes – Daryl is currently the Associate Director of Black Ensemble Theater located in the Uptown neighborhood; recognized as one of the most diverse musical theater venues in the nation. Currently Brookes is partnering with Porchlight Music Theatre to director their 2018 production of “Memphis”.

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Dina Nina Martinez - Dina Nina Martinez, who was called “…very funny.” by the Late Late Show’s James Corden, is a transgender standup comedian, actor and speaker. She is the founder of and High Priestess of Lady Laughs Comedy Festival/School/Tour/Collective.  Her signature blend of disarming sass and charm has been featured in comedy festivals and multiple world-class comedy venues including LA Pride, The Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, LA’s The Comedy Store and Chicago’s Zanies Comedy Club. She is a Huff Post blogger and was named one of the “40 Hot Queer Women In Comedy” by AfterEllen.com and won Madison’s favorite Local Comedian as voted by the readers of the Isthmus.


David Cerda – David Cerda is the co-founder and Artistic Director of HIAH Productions. He’s also the resident playwright. He is also the founder of The Joans, a rock band dedicated to giving Joan Crawford a rock and roll voice. David has produced his works through he country and Chicago.