Following up on Josette Bushell-Mingo’s performance of Nina—A Story about Me and Nina Simone, USC students and the larger community are invited to participate in a conversation with Bushell-Mingo and USC professors Anita Dashiell-Sparks (Dramatic Arts), d. Sabela grimes (Dance), and Edwin Hill (French and Italian and American Studies and Ethnicity) exploring the legacy of art, politics, and rage. The conversation will be moderated by educator and artist Unique Holland.
Josette Bushell-Mingois a Sweden-based English theatre actress and director of African descent. She was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2000 for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Rafiki in the London production of Disney’s The Lion King. In 2001, Josette founded the black-led arts festival PUSH at the Young Vic. In 2006, she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. In 2007, she directed the theatrical production of Margaret Atwood‘s novella The Penelopiad. Her production of The Odyssey, performed in Swedish Sign Language, received huge critical acclaim in Scandinavia. Bushell-Mingo sits on the board of the Swedish Film Institute, and is currently the artistic director for Tyst Teater, an ensemble of the Swedish National Touring Theatre.
Anita Dashiell-Sparks is an associate professor of theatre practice at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She is a graduate of the prestigious New York University, Tisch School of the Arts’ graduate acting program. As an actor based in New York and Los Angeles, she has graced the stage on Broadway, appeared in numerous off-Broadway and regional theatre productions, and appeared on television. Dashiell-Sparks is the founder and director of Building Bridges: Communication, Expression, Empowerment Theatre Arts Program, which teaches self-presentation and self-expression to at-risk youth.
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