DIALogues | Surviving the System

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About this Webinar

June 4, 2021 at 3:00PM EST

This session will focus on understanding the systems in place in the arts field in the U.S. that allow White Supremacy to thrive thrives, and how we, specifically BIPOC individuals, can survive in those systems, and work towards dismantling problematic systems through our actions and demanding the actions of others. Topics in this conversation will be navigating Predominately White Institutions; White Supremacy Culture, Internalized Oppression, and setting a plan for self-analysis for how one may personally want to engage in this journey.

Participants will learn about:

  • Tangible strategies BIPOC arts administrators can navigate, survive, and work towards dismantling white supremacy at white lead institutions
  • Understanding the challenges BIPOC individuals might face in the arts field -Insight into how individuals an organizations have dismantled white supremacy work culture in the past


This session is a part of the DIALogues Professional Development Collection. You can register for the full collection here. Can't make an event live? Register anyway for access to the recording. 

Please note that while this session is open to all, it was curated with the intention of supporting college students, pre-career, and emerging leaders traditionally underrepresented within the arts field.


Peter J. Kuo

Director of the Conservatory

American Conservatory Theater

Peter J. Kuo (he/him/his) is bi-coastal LA native, and the Director of the Conservatory at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), where he serves on the Staff EDI Committee. He is a theatre director, producer, writer, and educator focusing on raising the visibility of marginalized communities. Achievements include being part of TCG's Rising Leaders of Color cohort, a directing residency at The Drama League, directing assistantships at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, South Coast Repertory, and Geffen Playhouse. He has directed for A.C.T., Weston Playhouse, East West Players, Playground, among others. He is a co-founder of Artists at Play, an Asian American theatre collective that produces Los Angeles premieres of works for Asian Americans. He has been one of the pioneers in leading Live Video Theatre productions and workshops. He has facilitated and led EDI initiatives at The New School, A.C.T. TCG, and multiple other conferences and institutions.

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