Thank you to Cheerios for all the work you’ve done to highlight the mixed American family! We are thrilled to have Cheerios as a Silver Sponsor of the Mixed Remixed Festival. #mixedremixed –Heidi Durrow
I love this short animated film. It’s the best answer to the question: Are you Mixed? —Heidi Durrow
We sure hope you will help with the Mixed Remixed Festival Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign going on now! We have just 45 days to raise $10,000! That may seem like a lot but think about it: the festival is FREE! Every film screening, reading, workshop, family activity, even the live show and prize presentation! All free! But it’s not free to produce. Please consider donating! We have some great perks as well! —Heidi Durrow
Yup! It’s true! We’ve got an incredible line-up of film screenings, readings, workshops and family fun for June 14, 2014. And it’s all free! But registration is strongly encouraged because seating is limited–especially for the Storyteller’s Prize Presentation and Live Show! We can’t wait to see you! Register now! – Heidi Durrow
“Right now we could probably rename 85% of produced American theatre White Dudes, White Dudes, and More White Dudes. This kind of imbalance shuts down both existing audience and potential audience. Those who are not directly affected by this don’t see a need to talk about it. Those of us who are affected are often scared to talk about it. Finding work in the theatre is already difficult; add being a woman, add being a woman of color, add being a transgender person of color (which I am not, but we as allies must rep for each other), add being someone who wants to talk about inequities. Suddenly pointing out the obvious becomes dangerous. This is how a problem that could be easily solved remains.
And yet, here comes my optimism, I believe that innovation in theatre lies in underrepresented voices. In the theatre one of the great fears of representing works by people of color is that you will lose audience. Being Mixed is, by its very nature, inclusionary rebellion. We are made by people who chose love over habit. Perhaps if the theatre took a break from purely habitual creation it would surprise itself.
We don’t create art for singular answers. We have standardized testing for that. We create art to beckon the future and illuminate the past. We create art because parts of ourselves are hidden and we want to be seen. We sit in a theatre to feel connected to other humans. In a movie theatre you lean back to take in the whole picture. At a play, you lean in. You lean in to get closer to the touchable wonder in arms reach. In an art form that is so much about connection, how can we exclude?”–Khanisha Foster Twitter: @khanishafoster
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“Me, too,” I heard myself say. And with that, I knew that the class would be anything but routine. Until that moment, I had always told a neater story about my identity. I was, simply put, black. And about my mother being white? That had been irrelevant for me and my “one drop rule” generation.” — Professor Martha Jones via CNN Read the full essay here.
We are proud to report that the Mixed Remixed Festival is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation. Poets & Writers, Inc., is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The national office is located in New York City. The California branch office is based in Los Angeles. Poets & Writers has been invaluable to me personally as an emerging writer and festival producer. Thank you Poets & Writers. Now if you haven’t heard about this resource, it’s time you checked it out www.pw.org!–Heidi Durrow