Following the Friday, November 15 performance of CLYBOURNE PARK, a talk surrounding the issues and context of the play will feature Patrick Sims, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion for UW-Madison and a former faculty member of the Department of Theatre and Drama.
Patrick J. Sims oversees the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement. The division supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as it works to create a diverse, inclusive, and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and others who partner with the university. Sims was hired as vice provost for diversity and climate in 2013, after serving as interim vice provost. He joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 and founded the TCSA, Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness. Before joining the faculty at UW Madison, Sims was a company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as a faculty associate in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There he served as a founding member and artistic director of the Human Experience Theatre (HET). TCSA and HET are interactive theatre-based training models that dramatize sensitive subject matters for universities, corporate and non-profit organizations in the United States.
Additionally, there will talks with the cast of CLYBOURNE PARK after the performances Saturday, November 16 and Saturday, November 23, led by guest director Michael Cotey.