Credit: Greg Mooney/The Alliance Theatre

Ethics on the Stage

With the Alliance Theatre and other area theater companies, we organize events that draw conversations about ethics from storylines. The purpose of Ethics on the Stage is to create a space for deeper engagement through media, whether it's a performance, reading, or panel discussion. 

Hands Up Atlanta: Art & Activism 

A free series of virtual conversations and performances exploring the role of artistic expression as a tool for activism. 

Winter 2020 has yielded a powerful digital program, perserving through COVID-19. 

Originally commissioned by the New Black Fest in response to the 2015 events in Ferguson, MO, where a police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, Hands Up is comprised of separate monologues written by seven Black playwrights. The play depicts the realities of Black America from the perspective of varying genders, sexual orientations, skin tones, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The series will center on local voices from Atlanta and the South and feature artists, activists, and community perspectives on art as a tool to reframe discourse, activate people to confront bias, and promote healing from the trauma of racism. Each event will begin with a film short that provokes conversation around themes in the monologues from Hands Up. Discussion topics will address Black image, identity, and allyship.

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