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South Bend Civic Theatre hosts Race and Identity in Theatre Symposium


The South Bend Civic Theatre is holding a symposium Tuesday evening on race and identity in American theatre as part of the lead-up to it’s run of the musical “In The Heights.”


The symposium is a panel discussion and conversation about the people in American Theatre and the stories that are being told.



Tony Award-nominated Latinx Actor and originator of the role of Kevin in the musical In the Heights, John Herrera. He also acted in Evita, Camelot and The Threepenny Opera. and has written five plays.

Tony Award-nominated LGBTQ Playwright Charles Busch. Charles is the author and star of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which ran for 777 performances on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. 

Chicago based writer and dramaturg Lucas Garcia. A content creator for The Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists, a service organization that seeks to further the Latinx theatre movement in Chicago.

Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Anne García-Romero Anne specializes in Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Latina/o Theatre Studies. 

Director of the IUSB Civil Rights Heritage Center, Dr. Darryl Heller. An long-time activist who speaks frequently on issues of race in America.

Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the City of South Bend, Christina Brooks. 

The symposium will be moderated by Taeyin ChoGlueck, diversity educator and the cofounder and creative director of InterAction.

Aaron Nichols in the Executive Director of the South Bend Civic Theatre. He says the overall goal is to have theatre reflect the stories and people in the community it serves.

“I think that if we can do one thing it’s that 200 people can sit in a room, listen and hopefully grow their understanding of a topic that’s going to affect us all for generations.”

The symposium is the first in a series of events tied to the March performance of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical ‘In The Heights.’ A story that follows three days in the majorly latino New York neighborhood of Washington Heights.

There will also be art and photography exhibitions.


The musical was cast with local latinx actors with help from La Casa de Amistad and Radio Sabor Latino. The show runs March ninth to the 25th.