The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre in partnership with Greenfield is proud to announce the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Speaker Series. The Series of four events throughout the season kicks off Sunday, October 10, with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Executive Director Tom Viola. Tickets are FREE to the community, but reservations are required.
Through this exciting new outreach program, four distinct conversations will exemplify the Fulton’s Mission of moving the collective soul of our community through art. The IDEA Speaker Series will take place in conjunction with four productions throughout the year, including Fun Home highlighting LGBTQ+ conversations, Cinderella exploring diversity in fairy tales, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee looking at ways to support social inclusion for people with disabilities, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat examining at what cost the American Dream is realized. Additional Speakers Series dates will be announced later.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS founding member and Executive Director, Tom Viola, will be the featured guest of a panel discussion. The panel will also include Jeffrey Coon, currently playing Bruce Bechdel in the Fulton’s production of Fun Home, and will be moderated by the Fulton’s Executive Artistic Producer, Marc Robin.
Viola will recall the necessity for the formation of the non-profit during the height of the AIDS pandemic. He will also talk about the growth of the organization, how it branched out, while keeping the mission forefront. Other social service programs of Broadway Cares include the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts, and The Actors Fund, which recently distributed more than $22 Million in emergency financial assistance to more than 16,000 people in the Entertainment Industry during 2020. The fundraising methods include coveted events like the Broadway Flea Market, and Broadway Bares, which themselves help to define Broadway today.
The conversation will also explore why a person living during the 1970s would marry the opposite sex to hide their sexuality (as Bruce Bechdel did in Fun Home). What fears existed then, and remain to today? What are the strains on Mental Health caused by the cover up by both parties?
TOM VIOLA is the Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), one of the nation’s leading industry-based not-for-profit fundraising and grant-making organizations.
Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $300 million for essential services for people living with HIV/AIDS and other critical health issues nationwide.
Phone: (717) 394-7133
12 N Prince Street
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603