Stereotypes: The Power of Perception
July 29, 2017
Saturday, July 29 // 12:30pm - 2:30pm
In Woolly's Melton Rehearsal Hall
Join us for an interactive presentation led by Sarah Bellamy, Artistic Director for Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, MN and expert facilitator around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. This talk explores the historic representations of marginalized peoples and cultures to illuminate the ways in which images, narratives, and media influence perception and ultimately shape lives. Bellamy interrogates antique and contemporary images to reveal ideologies that reinforce racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, and religious hatred. Representation becomes a critical space for intervention and agency as we debunk myths and speak from spaces of authenticity and courage.
Meet Sarah Bellamy
SARAH BELLAMY is Artistic Director for Penumbra Theatre Company. She has designed several programs that engage patrons in critical thinking, dialogue, and action around issues of race and social justice. Select programs include Penumbra's RACE Workshop and the Summer Institute, a leadership development program for teens to practice art for social change. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Ms. Bellamy also holds an M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. She has taught at Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, and served as Visiting Professor of Theatre and Culture at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Bellamy is a leading facilitator around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion and has led coalition building efforts to address inequities in philanthropy and theatre. Her lectures on the power of race and representation have been presented across the country illuminating the ways in which images, narratives, and media influence perception and ultimately shape lives. She serves on the Board of Directors for Theatre Communications Group and is a 2015 Bush Fellow.