Opening Plenary | October 3 @ 9:30am
Born in Honolulu and raised in Los Angeles, Roberta Uno is a theater director, writer, and national arts leader. She is the Director of Arts in a Changing America, a national project on changing demographics and the arts based at CalArts. She was the Senior Program Officer for Arts and Culture at the Ford Foundation 2002-2015. From 1979-2002, she was the founder and Artistic Director of the New WORLD Theater, a theater dedicated to the work of artists of color, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Professor of directing and dramaturgy in the university’s Department of Theater.
A member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, her directing and dramaturgy credits span over three decades, working with a range of artists including James Baldwin, Alice Childress, Chitra Divakaruni, Mark Bamuthi Joseph, thúy le, Pearl Primus, Dawn Saito, Sekou Sundiata, Keo Woolford, and William Yellow Robe Jr. She is currently directing the development of a new plays by Dionna Danielle and Dahlak Brathwaite.
Her publications include The Color Of Theater: Race, Culture, and Contemporary Performance, UK: Continuum Press, 2002 and Unbroken Thread: An Anthology of Plays by Asian American Women, Amherst: UMass Press, 1993; She recently edited new editions of Monologues for Actors of Color Men and Women, Routledge, 2015 and a new edition of Contemporary Plays by Women of Color, is forthcoming on Routledge in 2017.