Elizabeth Van Dyke knows all about having a dream and making it a reality. By reflecting on her journey to the stage and the mentors she met along the way, Elizabeth shared what she’s learned about writing your dreams and aspirations into action. Participants also heard about the history of Black theatre, and how to build activated spaces for the work you’re most passionate about!
PROMPT: THE POWER OF DREAMS
Write a scene of dialogue using the quote “Child, don’t you ever give anything that much power over you.” There are no other guidelines for your scene.
Elizabeth Van Dyke is the Artistic Director of the New Federal Theatre and Co-Founder of & former Producing Artistic Director of Going to The River; a program founded to support, provide a New York forum, help development, present, and produce the new work of women playwrights of color. The artistic home base for this program was at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City. She is also an actress and award-winning Director. Ms. Van Dyke has received the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in Theatre at Austin Peay State University, The Board of Directors Award from AUDELCO, The President’s Award from the Black Theatre Network, A Fox Foundation Grant, and a Rockefeller Grant to study the elements of Japanese Theatre. Read more about her here.