The Pan-African Theatre Ensemble (The PATE)
Artistic Director: D. Amy-Rose Forbes-Erickson
"I am so glad to see the fine work you are doing on behalf of our students and the university.
Your artistry and activism are appreciated, especially now. Great show!
Proud to call you colleague!" -- Daniel Nadon, Professor of Theatre, School of Theatre and Dance,
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio - Venus Production, March 2017
The [Pan-African Theatre Ensemble] always puts on distinctive productions, and The Purple Flower is no exception. This play should be seen for its unique and nuanced writing, themes and elements of production. Ashlynn Thompson, The Burr, March 2018
Methodology – Theatre Practice-as-Research
Critical Scholarly Investigations with the Pan-African Theatre Ensemble:
Audience Reception Theory and Audience Engagement – How to decode stereotypes and iterative representations in gendered and racialized vocabularies – Qualitative Data
Social Justice – Interest in representations of race, gender, sexuality, sexual violence, and how these issues affect women of color, multiple oppression, and in creating liberation on stage
Cultural Activism – Curating (Pan)Black theatre – Pan-African and African Diasporic works reflecting theatres from the continent of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Theatre Pedagogy - Developing theatre pedagogy for deeper reflective character analyses and embodiment
Community – Developing leadership training and role-playing for women-of-color from the community and providing access to theatre, digital media and interaction with STEAM in theatre arts and technology.
Exposé – Unearthing human experience, suffering and resolve, and exploring how theatre and performance reflect, empower, and heal communities
Images – How do images – embodied, moving, and still - impact various performers and audiences?
Current Practice as Research Projects – Leading to theatre productions and/or publications.
Black Feminist (Re)Memorials – The restaging of the past as present moments/happenings
New Black Plays Series
Women’s Digital Mask Project
Radical Inclusion II - Installation