Theatre producee Jacquelyn Bell is running a series of free workshops aimed at Black women who want to become – or further their careers as – theatre producers. Bell, known for her success with off-Broadway show Emojiland, will offer the online classes in October.
“Ya know, I’m getting real tired of all these people telling me they can’t find Black women who want to produce theatre,” said Bell. “So I ask myself, what can I do? Well, I think sharing the experience and the knowledge I’ve picked up over the years is the answer.
“I will host a zoom class teaching Black women every single thing I know about commercial theatre producing – for free.”
Bells’ goal is to address the lack of Black women working in theatre production. She hopes to build a network of Black women who can take up fellowships, apprenticeships, and jobs in the sector.
The first workshop – which took place on 2 October – had more than 100 registered participants. Dates for future workshops are as follows: 9 October, 16 October, 23 October. Each class starts at 5:30pm EST.