American Alliance for Theater and Education Hosts 3rd Annual Institute of Color Leaders

The American Alliance for Theater and Education (AATE), a nonprofit organization that serves young artists, scholars, and practitioners of theater education, will host the Leaders of Color Institute as a space for BIPOC/GM to learn and innovate in the field.

The virtual institute by people of color for people of color offers two days of workshops, keynote panels, as well as the opportunity to form a relationship with a mentor or mentee. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Spaces for Leaders of Color in Educational and ‘Professional’ Theaters”.

Opening LOCI at 7 p.m. ET on Friday is a panel discussion with Dr. Daphnie Sicre (Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA) and José Casas (University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI). Dr. Sicre and Casas will discuss the nuance of being a faculty member of color within a higher education institution.

“This year we are delighted to have such incredible speakers, continuing our trend of providing direct access to incredible personalities in the field,” said Alexis Truitt, Executive Director of AATE. “I look forward to this event every year because of the knowledge and connection that comes from our two days together.”

Saturday, December 3 will consist of two workshops, a closing keynote with Dawn M. Simmons (Stage Source/Front Porch Boston) and Idris Goodwin (Seattle Children’s Theatre), and even a virtual brunch. The NYU Steinhardt Program in Educational Theater is again sponsoring the institute, as it did for the 2021 iteration of LOCI.

Registration prices reflect a tiered payment model, something AATE pioneered as a membership organization dedicated to accessibility. Registration for Level 1 starts at $100, Level 2 at $125, and Level 3 at $150.

Once registered, participants will be able to enroll in the LOCI Mentoring Program. The LOCI Mentorship Program is a year-long cohort of mentees (emerging or career-changing careers) and mentors (those who have been identified as having exceptional experience in the field) who will support each other professionally through one-to-one connection . The mentor/mentee pairs will also develop a workshop that they will present at AATE’s annual conference next summer in Seattle, Washington.

The deadline to apply for the LOCI Mentorship Program is November 21, 2022. For more information, visit

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