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Keynote: Tracy Broyles
September 21 @ 5:30 pm
Walk Softly and Carry a Big Puppet:
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, a path to opening doors, unmasking accessibility, and pulling the right strings to a more just and joyous world.
For nearly 30 years, Tracy Broyles, former Executive Artistic Director of Spiral Q Puppet Theatre in Philadelphia, has merged her commitment to justice and equality with her practice as an artist and cultural organizer. At the core of Broyles’ work with Spiral Q and beyond is a fundamental belief in the role of creative expression and artistic production in human liberation and the advancement of social justice. As our country leans further toward dangerous divisions and sometimes violent actions, Broyles believes we have the tools to respond: to amplify the voices of those who might otherwise be silenced, to make room for everyone at table, and the responsibility to do so together in joy and justice. Drawing on the profound influences of Resistance Artists in the Anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa; practices taught to her by John O’Neal founder of a cultural organizing arm of SNCC, the Free Southern Theater; and the contributions of countless communities and artists; Broyles will deconstruct methodologies in the creation of collaborative puppet performances and processional theater to create a more inclusive, resilient and just world.