Welcome to the Great Lakes Gender Parity in Theatre Conference!
Conference begins with breakfast at 9:15 am in room 111 in Varner Hall on the campus of Oakland University.
The goal of the conference is to promote gender parity in all aspects of theatre, from acting, writing, designing and producing to achieving financial equity and professional mentoring.
My name is Lynnae Lehfeldt and I am the chair for this inaugural conference. I made the decision to form a Conference that would begin to effect the change needed to create gender parity in theatre in the Great Lakes region. After attending the 2016 Statera National Conference in Denver, Colorado and then seeing so many of us come together during the Women's March this past January, it became clear we cannot wait for change to happen. We must BE the Change.
I hope you will make the commitment to spend the day with like-minded women and men at what we hope will be an exciting and invigorating conference. We need you!
I am excited to announce that our Key Note Speaker is Nambi E. Kelley.
Nambi E. Kelley most recently played the role of Risa to critical acclaim in the Goodman Theatre production of Two Trains Running, having
having been nominated for a Black Theatre Alliance Award and a Broadway Theatre World Award for her work. Kelley returns from Singapore where she co-adapted and performed in The Book of Living and Dying at the Singapore Arts Festival, commissioned by the Finger Players Theatre (Singapore) and Teatri Sbagliati (Italy). Additional U.S. credits include: Court Martial at Fort Devens (New York debut, New Federal Theatre, winner of 6 AUDELCO AWARDS including Best Ensemble Cast and Best Production of the Year) and Charleston Olio (opposite Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad at the National Black Theatre Festival). Ms. Kelley was also the Goodman Theatre’s 2013 nominee for TCG’s Fox Fellowship. Notable regional credits include: Seven Guitars (TheatreWorks Colorado Springs, Broadway World Theatre Award Nomination: Best Lead Actress, Gees Bend, (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Lydia Diamond’s Harriet Jacobs (Steppenwolf Theatre, Kansas City Rep), The Good Negro (Goodman Theatre/Hattie McDaniel Black Theatre Alliance Award nomination) The Lost Boys of Sudan (Victory Gardens), The Glass Menagerie (Steppenwolf Theatre) The Ballad of Emmett Till (Goodman Theatre), Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Goodman Theatre/Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination: Principle Actress, Ruby Dee Award Nomination Best Lead Actress) Drowning Crow (Goodman Theatre) Nikki Giovanni: New Songs for a New Day (Steppenwolf Theatre) Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, (Fountain Theatre, Los Angeles), and Antigone (South Coast Repertory Theatre). Television credits include: Search Party (TBS), Madam Secretary (CBS), Elementary (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS) , Chicago PD (NBC), The Beast (A&E) guest starring opposite Patrick Swayze, L.A. Dragnet (ABC), City of Angels (CBS) recurring, Early Edition (CBS), Cupid (ABC), Close to Home (WB Pilot) recurring, and Strong Medicine (Lifetime). Ms. Kelley, also an award-winning, produced, and published playwright, is a recent alum of Playwrights Unit at the Goodman Theatre. Ms. Kelley has a B.F.A. from The Theatre School at DePaul University, formerly known as The Goodman School of Drama, and has an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.