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David Dower

Four ArtsEmerson staff members each holding up a sign that spells out "We've got you covered." All the staff members are wearing masks because of COVID-19.

If your experience of this COVID-19 world is anything like ours, you are probably inundated by bits and pieces of information flying around in all directions about how to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community from its spread. It gets overwhelming to sort it all out.Well, thanks to the Mayor’s Office and the City of Boston, ArtsEmerson has got you covered.Boston’s arts community is working with Mayor Marty Walsh’s staff to distribute this…

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A picture of David Dower and David C. Howse together, smiling and in suits.

ArtsEmerson has long believed that the community that makes up our audience is one of our most valuable collaborators. From focus groups, to town halls, to being pulled aside in the theatre lobby, we shape how we do our work from what we hear from you. In this tradition, our Artistic Director David Dower and Executive Director David C. Howse checked in to see what’s on people’s minds and how an arts organization can be…

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A picture from Parable of the Sower of the whole cast on stage holding hands.

On Tuesday, March 11th, ArtsEmerson and Toshi Reagon decided to postpone the Boston presentation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower to OCT 1-4, 2020. A week later they gathered on Zoom to reflect on that decision, the state of the Now, and prognosis for the Next. In the following conversation hosted by Howlround, David Dower and David C. Howse—artistic director and executive director of ArtsEmerson, respectively—talk with Toshi about that decision. For a…

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Today, March 26th, 2020 was the scheduled start date for Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. To explain how and why the venue will be empty tonight rather than filled with the songs of Bernice and Toshi Reagon, artistic director David Dower explains the conversations and events that led us to this moment over the last few weeks As we moved through the process of decision-making related to our response to…

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ArtsEmerson's leadership team David Dower and David C. Howse

ArtsEmerson artistic director David Dower started a conversation in 2015 that is still ongoing in the theater community. Namely, he wanted to carve out space to a comment on the idea that a theater company’s season, specifically one that reflected very little diversity, was not merely an accidental, random occurrence of happenstance. HowlRound published his revealing peak into the behind-the-scenes process of creating a diverse season in August of 2015.

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