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What's in this Guide

Performing Arts Library Director Speaks event logoWelcome to the Performing Arts Library Director Speaks guide. This series features directors discussing their approach and interpretation of their work in an open forum, usually the week of the production's opening. This Performing Arts Library sponsored series is usually held in one of the theatres in the Center for the Performing Arts and is a free event open to the public. Light refreshments are provided.

Past Events & Speakers: Information on past shows and bios of presenting directors (by academic year).

Upcoming Events

On April 14th at 9:30am, guest director Mark Valdez will speak about Kent State University's upcoming production of Richard II. The production runs February 21 - March 1 at Kent State University's E. Turner Stump Theatre; for tickets, contact the box office at 330-672-2787.



Mark Valdez is an artist, organizer, and consultant based in Los Angeles. His work has been seen at theaters that include the Alliance Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, East West Players, La Peña Cultural Center, Mark Taper Forum, MACLA, and Teatro Vision, among others. Recent projects include Lisa Loomer’s play, Roe, at Mixed Blood Theatre, A Christmas Carol at Trinity Rep, and his adaptation of Gary Soto’s book, Chato’s Kitchen, at Childsplay Theatre in Tempe, AZ.

For over 20-years, Valdez has produced and created community engaged projects in his home state of California and around the country. During his tenure as the Executive Director of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, Mark designed and implemented the MicroFest USA project, hyper-local events that were part performance festival, part think-tanks celebrating art-based community development. MicroFest locations included Detroit, Appalachia (Knoxville, TN and Harlan County, KY), New Orleans, and Honolulu.

Presently, Mark is working on Exiled in America, a multi-year, multi-city project that aims to impact housing policy utilizing performance, cultural organizing, and creative community development strategies. He is also creating a new performance piece commissioned by Trinity Rep, with and for the Latinx population of Rhode Island called #latinxox.

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