50 Years of Queer: Los Angeles LGBT Center to Host 'Big Queer Convo' Focused on LGBT Theatre Over the Last Half-Century - Los Angeles LGBT Center

50 Years of Queer: Los Angeles LGBT Center to Host 'Big Queer Convo' Focused on LGBT Theatre Over the Last Half-Century

November 6, 2019
Contact: Gil Diaz
323-993-7622

The Los Angeles LGBT Center announces Big Queer Convo: Queer Theatre Then and Now, one in a series of Big Queer Convos devoted to documenting the impact of LGBT people in the entertainment and news media over the last half-century, as part of a year-long celebration of the Center’s 50th anniversary. Held on Monday, November 11, at the Center’s Renberg Theatre, the panel will explore the attitudes, changes, and landmarks in the theatrical portrayals of the LGBT community from the late 1960s through present day.

Scheduled panelists are Adelina Anthony, a critically-acclaimed and award-winning two-spirit Xicana lesbian writer/actor/director/producer working primarily in the mediums of film and theatre and is currently directing D’Lo’s solo play To T, or not To T? at the Center’s Davidson/Valentini Theatre; Alison De La Cruz, Vice President of Programs at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, who is an executive arts leader, producer, facilitator, educator, multi-disciplinary theatre artist, contemporary ritualist, and cultural space instigator; Leo Garcia, a performance curator, producer, award-winning playwright, filmmaker, and actor who, since 2003, has served as both Artistic and Executive Director of Highways Performance Space where he has developed and presented over 800 performance works; and Michael A. Shepperd, the award-winning Artistic Director of Celebration Theatre (the oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, two-spirited, allied, asexual, cisgender, gender non-binary theatre in the country) who has been creating both queer and non-queer works in Los Angeles for the last 20 years.

The moderator will be Center Director of Cultural Arts Jon Imparato, an actor in New York for 25 years before making the switch to producing, who, in 1998, was tapped by the Center to be Artistic Director of the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center, a program he created for the organization where he has proudly served for the last 21 years.

A hosted reception will follow the panel discussion.

WHAT:
Big Queer Convo: Queer Theatre Then and Now
A conversation with seasoned professionals from the theatre sector who will explore the attitudes, changes, and landmarks in the theatrical portrayals of the LGBT community from the late 1960s through present day.

A reception will be held at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza courtyard following the panel discussion.

WHO:
Adelina Anthony, Director, To T, or not To T?
Alison De La Cruz, Vice President of Programs, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Leo Garcia, Artistic and Executive Director, Highways Performance Space
Michael A. Shepperd, Artistic Director, Celebration Theatre

Moderator: Jon Imparato, Director of Cultural Arts, Los Angeles LGBT Center

WHEN:
Monday, November 11
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 7–8:30 p.m.
Hosted Reception: 8:30–10 p.m.

WHERE:
Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038

TICKETS:
FREE admission. To RSVP, visit lalgbtcenter.org/bqc

About the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond since 1969. Today the Center's nearly 800 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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