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The conversation that you are about to witness was recorded on May 8, 2020, before the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Arbery, and Tony McDade. We hold their families in our thoughts and wish for swift justice. We've attached links in this video and in the description to point you towards ways to support Black lives. We hope to not distract from the work on the ground but ally it with light from Black artists. We feel it is important to share this conversation to spread light, leadership, and hope from one of the field's most exceptional Black voices. We hope you enjoy In Conversation with Lileana Blain-Cruz.

We recognize and stand with the following organizations: 

Black Lives Matter,

Black Visions Collective,

NAACP Legal Defense Fund,

American Civil Liberties Union,

In this episode, the incredible visionary director Lileana Blain-Cruz joins artistic director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, to discuss her love of language, her wish to collaborate with Rihanna, and the steps she takes in keeping her work active.  

IN CONVERSATION, The Drama League's acclaimed series of discussions with the directors changing the face of theater, television, and film, is now online! The process of creating art is revealed in these intimate, surprising, and wide-ranging conversations with award-winning creators from around the world.

The artists in this video have donated their time and fees to help provide much-needed aid, relief, and programs for stage directors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can help! Donate here:

If you're a director needing assistance, visit our COVID-19 resources and emergency relief programs here:

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