Kwame Kwei-Armah is a scribbler, director, actor, theatre leader and sometime recording and broadcast artist with a razor-sharp intellect, and yet wows people with his warmth. He’s known for hugging everybody – even relative strangers. He’s an acclaimed writer who holds the elite-sounding title of “Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”—and yet, at Center Stage, he has striven to make inclusiveness the prevailing vibe. He’s a global citizen, who recently headed the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture in Senegal—and yet, he has chosen to make Charm City his home. “How do we stand on the shoulders of our giants and still find our own identity?” Kwei-Armah wonders aloud. “Does it have to be an either/or?”
In a live interview, Columbia Festival of the Arts Executive Director Todd Olson will talk with Kwame about Center Stage (and their new $30+ million capital campaign), as well as other issues that effect professional theatre in America.
Oliver’s Carriage House
Friday, February 12 from 7:00-9:00pm