Professor Donatella Galella Presents Work at ATHE Conference in Montreal

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Professor Donatella Galella organized and presented her work at the roundtable titled “‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’: Rehistoricizing Racial Hierarchy and African Americans in Musicals” as part of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference in Montreal this past summer.

When we privilege Broadway, we ignore the rich histories, regional theatres, and continuing productions by, about, for, and near black Americans outside of New York
She spoke on the importance of studying black audiences in Washington, D.C., arguing that when we privilege Broadway, we ignore the rich histories, regional theatres, and continuing productions by, about, for, and near black Americans outside of New York. The roundtable provoked a productive conversation throughout the rest of the conference and on Twitter revolving around the notions that black musicals can sometimes be forgotten or segregated. Ultimately, many in the conversation concluded that we as historians and educators can better remember that black lives matter.

For more information on the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, see their website.

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