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American Ethnic: Post-Show with Karla Rae Fuller

Karla Rae Fuller has taught history and screenwriting at Northwestern University, Dominican University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also worked as a story editor for Vestron Inc., and has lectured on African-American, Asian and gender representation in Hollywood films. Her research interests include ethnic representation in films, acting, performance and Japanese cinema.

This post-show discussion immediately followed the performance of American Ethnic, a spoken word and hip-hop infused exploration of how the media shapes the way we see race, gender and ourselves. American Ethnic was written and performed by hip-hop theater artist Usman Ally, NEA Award-winning performer Idris Goodwin and three time HBO Def Poetry Jam performer Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. It was directed by Remy Bumppo Artistic Associate Nick Sandys.

Remy Bumppo's thinkTank features short dramatic works with a focus on provoking timely conversation about a social, political or economic issue in which Chicago citizens have a stake. A post-show discussion follows, led by speakers from the community representing various viewpoints on thinkTank's theme. Past topics include immigration (2007) and national security (2008).


Recorded Sunday, March 29, 2009 at The Greenhouse Theater.

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