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The Lunch Room

The Lunch Room

  • Tuesdays at 12PM

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  • Run Time: One hour

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The Lunch Room, formerly known as Lunch with Lunsford, is A.R.T.’s virtual talk show with the artists, activists, and civic leaders who are shaping our culture and communities. Join members of the A.R.T. staff for curated conversations and interactive Q&As.

Schedule

October 27: Poets and performers Justice Ameer and Chrysanthemum Tran (ANTHEM) join A.R.T. Line Producers Sophie Ancival and Emma Watt to discuss their artistic practice that combines poetry and social justice.

Upcoming Guests

October 27

Justice Ameer

October 27

Justice Ameer

October 27

Chrysanthemum Tran

October 27

Chrysanthemum Tran

Chrysanthemum Tran is a writer and performer based in Rhode Island. She is a recipient of a 2019 MacColl Johnson Fellowship from the Rhode Island Foundation, a Pink Door Fellow, and a 2020 Artist in Residence at Williams College. Featured on Button Poetry and in The New York Times, she has work published in them., The Nation, The Offing, and the Bettering American Poetry anthology, among others. She is not embarrassed by her taste in pop culture, but maybe she should be.

Previous Episodes

October 20: Artist, performer, producer, and activist Brandon Michael Nase (The Black Clown, ExtraOrdinary) speaks about his work furthering racial justice and equity in the theater community with Broadway for Racial Justice, which he founded this summer.

October 13 (Rebroadcast): Shawn LaCount and Summer L. Williams. This event originally aired on May 12, 2020.

October 6: Riccardo Hernandez (over twenty productions with A.R.T.), Mimi Lien (most recently Moby-Dick), and Scott Pask (longtime collaborator with Diane Paulus) sit down for a roundtable discussion about their careers as scenic designers in theater. A.R.T. Technical Director LT Gourzong will co-moderate this discussion.

September 29: Chanel DaSilva, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of MOVE|NYC| and Choreographer of Moby-Dick and The Black Clown, explores the process of making movement in our bodies and our culture. This event was pre-recorded.

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Previous Guests

Brandon Michael Nase Headshot
Brandon Michael Nase Headshot

October 20

Brandon Michael Nase

Brandon Michael Nase is an artist, performer, producer, and activist currently based in New York City. Brandon is celebrated for the versatility of his instrument, his powerful vision as an artist, and his commitment to racial justice.

His recent credits include Cats (First National Tour), Show Boat (Bucks County Playhouse), Ragtime (Tulane Summer Lyric), Evita (Asolo Repertory Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (3D Theatricals), Little Shop of Horrors (Sharon Playhouse), Les Misérables (Dallas Theatre Center), ExtraOrdinary (American Repertory Theater), The Black Clown (American Repertory Theater; Mostly Mozart Festival), and Frozen Live at the Hyperion.

Brandon united his love of gospel jazz and musical theater as the producer and creator of “The Gospel According to Broadway,” a musical web-series which reimagines musical theater songs in gospel, jazz, and R&B styles in collaboration with pianist Sujin Kim-Ramsey.

A proudly Black artist and performer, in 2020 Brandon founded Broadway for Racial Justice, a non-profit organization which fights for racial justice and equity in the Broadway and theatrical community at large. As Executive Director, Brandon has spearheaded crucial initiatives for artists of color; including an emergency fund for unemployed artists and an anonymous hotline which connects BIPOC artists experiencing racism in the workplace with trained advocates. BFRJ also produces concerts, interviews, and other online content which all seek to amplify the voices and experiences of BIPOC performers and artists. Theatrical institutions and educational programs can connect with BFRJ as a resource to better serve artists and students of color through the program Allied with BFRJ.

Before pursuing a career as a performer, Brandon worked in public schools as a choral music teacher in his native Texas. He holds a BM in choral music education from the renowned University of North Texas College of Music and received his MM in Vocal Performance (Music Theatre) from NYU Steinhardt.

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Riccardo Hernandez

October 6

Riccardo Hernandez

Riccardo Hernandez

October 6

Riccardo Hernandez

Broadway: Jagged Little Pill; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Indecent; The Gin Game; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Diane Paulus director); The People in the Picture; Caroline, or Change; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Topdog/Underdog; Bells Are Ringing; Parade (Hal Prince director); Noise/Funk; The Tempest. Recent: Claudia Rankine’s The White Card; Toni Stone (Roundabout); Admissions (LCT); Mlima’s Tale (Public Theater); La Traviata (Canadian Opera); Don Giovanni (Santa Fe Opera); La Dame aux Camélias (France); La Mouette (Cour D’Honneur, Palais des Papes – Avignon Festival); Splendids’s (La Colline-Theatre National Paris); Abigail’s Party (Oslo National Theater, Norway). Over 250 productions: US and internationally. Riccardo started his career at the American Repertory Theater in 1992 where he has had the fortune to design over twenty productions with Diane Paulus, Robert Woodruff, Arthur Nauzyciel, Janos Szasz, Sergio Trujillo, Ron Daniels, Liz Diamond and many others. Upcoming: Eugene Onegin at Santa Fe Opera, directed by Arin Arbus; Mes Fréres written by Pascal Rambert, directed by Arthur Nauzyciel. Obie Award for sustained excellence. Associate Professor Adjunct of Design at Yale School of Drama. riccardohernandez.com

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Mimi Lien

October 6

Mimi Lien

Mimi Lien

October 6

Mimi Lien

Lien is a designer of sets/environments for theater, dance, and opera. In 2015, she was named a MacArthur Fellow, and is the first stage designer ever to achieve this distinction. Mimi is a co-founder of JACK, a performance/art space in Brooklyn. Selected projects include: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway, Tony Award); Fairview, An Octoroon (Soho Rep.); Die Zauberflöte (Staatsoper Berlin); True West (Roundabout). She is a recipient of a Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, American Theatre Wing Hewes Design Award, LA Drama Critics Circle Award, Bessie Award, and an Obie Award for sustained excellence.

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Scott Pask

October 6

Scott Pask

Scott Pask

October 6

Scott Pask

Scott has designed over 50 Broadway productions, and has won Tony Awards for his designs of the hit musical The Book of Mormon, The Coast of Utopia, and The Pillowman; and he has multiple Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, Bessie, and Henry Hewes Awards. Additional recent credits include: The Band’s VisitThe PromMean GirlsOh, HelloThe Little FoxesBlackbirdSomething RottenAn Act of GodWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2020); and American Buffalo set to open upon theater’s return.

He is also a longtime collaborator with Diane Paulus; their many projects together include: Waitress, Pippin, HAIRThe Donkey Show, Johnny Baseball, Finding Neverland, Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, and the upcoming production of 1776. Scott also designed OBERON, A.R.T.’s club theater space, which has become a thriving incubator for emerging artists to imagine new projects that could only exist in an exciting club theater environment.

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Chanel DaSilva

September 29

Chanel DaSilva

Chanel DaSilva

September 29

Chanel DaSilva

Chanel DaSilva (she/her/hers) is a native of Brooklyn, NY. Chanel and has been immersed in the field of dance for the entirety of her life. A graduate of LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and The Juilliard School, Chanel has performed the works of acclaimed choreographers such as Aszure Barton, Robert Battle, Eliot Feld, Jessica Lang, Jose Limon, Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, and Doug Varone. Chanel was a member of the highly celebrated Trey McIntyre Project based in Boise, Idaho. As a founding member of TMP, Chanel was a muse for the creation of many of Mr. McIntyre’s works. As a choreographer, Chanel is inspired to create works that are rooted in the beauty of artistic expression to reflect the complex and multifaceted experience of what it means to be human. She has been commissioned to create works for Ballet Memphis, Parsons Dance Company, Gibney Company, American Repertory Theater, Harvard Dance Project, Ariel Rivka Dance, The Juilliard School, and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. In 2015, alongside her long-time friend and business partner Nigel Campbell, Chanel co-founded MOVE|NYC|, a multi-pillared arts and social justice organization with the mission of creating greater equity and diversity in the dance profession and beyond. Chanel was most recently featured in the cover story of DanceTeacher magazine, “Changing The Face of Dance”. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Martha Hill Dance Fund Mid-Career Award, a 2011 Princess Grace Award, and the 2008 Martha Hill Prize awarded by The Juilliard School. She is a National YoungArts Winner, was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and was featured on the 2004 PBS Documentary “American Talent”. In 2019 Chanel received an IRNE nomination for Best Choreography for The Black Clown which premiered at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. Chanel is a widely sought after teacher, educator, and mentor having taught master workshops and seminars across the nation for institutions such as The Juilliard School, Harvard University, NYU, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Ballet Hispánico, and New Orleans Ballet Association, among others. Chanel is a notable repetiteur of the works of Trey McIntyre, having set his works on companies such as Parsons Dance Company, Washington Ballet, and Marymount Manhattan College.

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Michael J. Bobbitt

September 22

Michael J. Bobbitt

Michael J. Bobbitt

September 22

Michael J. Bobbitt

Michael J. Bobbitt (he/him/his) joined New Repertory Theatre as an arts leader, director, choreographer, and playwright in 2019. Michael J. Bobbitt served as Artistic Director for Adventure Theatre-MTC in Maryland since 2007, where he led the organization to be a respected theater/training company in the DC region, as well as a nationally influential professional Theatre for Young Audiences. He led a merger with Musical Theater Center, increased the organizational budget and audience, commissioned new works by noted playwrights, transferred two shows to Off-Broadway, built an academy, and earned dozens of Helen Hayes Award Nominations, including eight wins. Bobbitt has directed/choreographed at Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and the Washington National Opera. His national and international credits include the NY Musical Theatre Festival, Mel Tillis 2001, La Jolla Playhouse, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, and the Olympics. As a writer, his work was chosen for the NYC International Fringe Festival and The New York Musical Festival. He has two plays published by Rogers and Hammerstein Theatricals. He trained at Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, The National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, and other top leadership programs. He earned the Excel Leadership Award (Center for Nonprofit Advancement) the Emerging Leader Award (County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities), and Person of the Year Award (Maryland Theatre Guide), among others.

Harold Steward

September 15

Harold Steward

Harold Steward

September 15

Harold Steward

Harold Steward (they/he) is a cultural organizer and arts administrator from Dallas, TX. Harold joined The Theater Offensive in Boston as the Managing Director in June of 2017 and currently serves as Co-Producing Executive Director and oversees fund development, communications, and operations throughout the organization. Harold most recently served as Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center, a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, which provides instruction and enrichment in the arts with an emphasis on the African contribution to world culture. Harold is a member of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group where he is the Co-Chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and he is Chair of the Partnership Committee for The Board of Directors of the National Performance Network. He is also a Steering Committee member of the Black Theatre Commons. In 2009, Harold founded Fahari Arts Institute in Dallas after recognizing a gap in the landscape for local LGBTQ artists of color in Dallas. Fahari Arts Institute celebrated, displayed, and produced the work of queer artists from the African Diaspora. Harold is a founding member of NextGen National Arts Network and Founding Partner of Steward Cultural Development Group. Harold serves as a Cultural Equity Facilitator with Equity Quotient and an Affiliate Faculty member in the Department of Theatre Studies at Emerson College. Their current research interests include The Queer Trap Aesthetic in American Theatre and Identity Reclamation—the process in which oppressed individuals reclaim agency over their identity through cultural production.

May 12

Shawn LaCount

May 12

Shawn LaCount

About Company One Theatre

Dubbed Boston’s Best Fringe Theatre by Boston Magazine, Company One Theatre is Boston’s theatre for the people. Founded in 1999, Company One’s mission is to change the face of Boston theater by uniting the city’s diverse communities through socially provocative performance and the development of civically engaged artists. The award-winning company has been instrumental in bringing younger and more diverse audiences to see and participate in socially and politically relevant theater.

Visit Company One

Summer L. Williams
Summer L. Williams

May 12

Summer L. Williams

About Company One Theatre

Dubbed Boston’s Best Fringe Theatre by Boston Magazine, Company One Theatre is Boston’s theatre for the people. Founded in 1999, Company One’s mission is to change the face of Boston theater by uniting the city’s diverse communities through socially provocative performance and the development of civically engaged artists. The award-winning company has been instrumental in bringing younger and more diverse audiences to see and participate in socially and politically relevant theater.

Visit Company One