ChrisTiana ObeySumner, a social impact consultant for Seattle Opera, is leading conversations on Black representation and inclusion this spring and summer during the company’s presentations of Aida and Porgy and Bess. Learn more about ChrisTiana ObeySumner’s work on our blog.
Held on March 30, 2018, “Cultured Conversations: Black Inclusion at the Opera," was a free forum open to individuals who identify as Black* with an interest in theater, classical music, the performing arts, and especially—opera. Participants spoke freely and shared ideas in this safe space for people of color. Topics included Black representation onstage and behind the scenes, various ways to get involved with the art form, and potential steps toward a future for opera that centers people of color.
*This forum sought to intentionally center the narratives of folks who identify as Black-American, Afro-Latinx, or otherwise a member of the African Diaspora. Seattle Opera will have future opportunities for non-Black allies.
Responses from Cultured Conversations will be used as part of a report written by ChrisTiana ObeySumner to be shared with Seattle Opera. To provide input if you were unable to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org.