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Imani Berry

Imani Berry

Advisor: Dr. Jerry McGonigle

My graduate coursework as a theatre practitioner is focused on the themes of social inequality showcased in gender and race. I have identified the theatre as my platform of choice because it is an empowering tool that makes the invisible visible. It pushes boundaries to strengthen a developing society; it is a place of communal healing and restoration. It’s not along party lines, it’s not about lobbying, but the theatre encapsulates stories of people at the greatest need in their lives. It finds commonalities in communities which are traditionally separated by economic and educational boundaries. In doing so, it sparks conversation and the expansion of thought. I’m passionate about the theatre’s ability to cultivate a better “us.” As an African American woman I welcome the challenge to use my artistry to ignite dialogue on the topics of colorism and sexual inequality.

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