Impact of the Pandemic on the Arts
Feb 16, 2021 11:45 AM
Susan Booth, Chris McCord, Dr. Candy Tate
Impact of the Pandemic on the Arts

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Susan V. Booth is the  Jennings Hertz Artistic Director, Alliance Theatre, and joined the Alliance Theatre in 2001 and has initiated the Palefsky Collision Project for teens, the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, and the Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab, as well as commercial partnerships on such projects as  The Prom;  Tuck Everlasting;  Ghost Brothers of Darkland County;  The Color Purple; Bring It On: The Musical; Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away;  Sister Act: The Musical;  Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk; and  Jesus Christ Superstar GOSPEL. She has directed nationally at The Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Stage and Film, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens, Court Theatre and many others. She holds degrees from Denison and Northwestern universities and was a fellow of the National Critics Institute and the Kemper Foundation. She has held teaching positions at Northwestern, DePaul and Emory universities and is a past president of the board of directors for the Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the field. Booth’s leadership is underwritten by the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, an initiative to support and promote women’s theater leadership funded by the Pussycat Foundation. She is married to Max Leventhal and is the proud mother of Moira Rose Leventhal.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and a Georgia Peace Officer Certification, alumnus, Chris McCord, returned to Moving in the Spirit to found and direct the boy’s program, Men in Motion. With over a decade of groundbreaking youth development experience, Chris works with youth both locally and internationally. He is an accomplished orator who shares his childhood story of triumph over hardship with an array of audiences, including: Emory University, University of Georgia, Leadership Atlanta and the Georgia Healthcare Foundation and TEDx Peachtree. Chris’ story of perseverance has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Dance Studio Life Magazine. As an artist, Chris has performed with several Atlanta-based companies and choreographers, including Beacon Dance, CityDance Ensemble-Atlanta and various Emory-based artists.  Chris is passionate about leadership and mentorship within his community. He motivates his students to discover their self-worth by creating a positive, safe environment.  

This session will be moderated by Dr. Rachanice Candy Tate, an Art Historian and Arts Administrator currently serving as Asst Dir of Emory University’s Center for Creativity & Arts. Dr. Tate is also an adjunct professor at Clark Atlanta Univ in the Art and Fashion Department. She is an alumna of Emory University (B.A.), Georgia State University (M.P.A.), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (M.A.), and Clark Atlanta University (D.A.H.). Her research interests include cultural politics of the Black Arts Movement, African American photographers, veterans’ history, and African Diaspora historic preservation. She has published in the Black Power Movement encyclopedia and her dissertation is on Atlanta’s Neighborhood Arts Center and the Black Arts Movement. Tate also leads the non-profit and its efforts to catalyze historic preservation of African Diaspora corridors of memory through oral history and the creation of culture centersmuseums, art galleries, and special event spaces in historic bank vaults, fire stations, military bases and more. She has raised more than $2M in preservation funds for Wheat Street Baptist Church and Morris Brown College; serves on the Boards of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Atlanta. 

INTRODUCTION: Margaret Reiser
INVOCATION: Michael Butkus