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Artist Activist Valerie Curtis-Newton Holds Sacred the Communion of Theater

by Beverly Aarons

Theater is a communion, a space where difficult but important conversations take place between a diversity of people holding sometimes radically different viewpoints. It’s this paradigm that has driven Valerie Curtis-Newton to walk her journey as an artist-activist, theatre director, instructor, and co-founder and Artistic Director of the Hansberry Project. And it’s what keeps her going even as theater’s future is threatened by the pandemic and government restrictions that have left many theatre companies shuttered and stages dark. But no matter what form theater takes next or at least temporarily, Curtis-Newton plans to continue supporting Black theater artists through the Hansberry Project. Continue reading Artist Activist Valerie Curtis-Newton Holds Sacred the Communion of Theater