Theatre tells the stories that define our culture and our humanity, and produces artists who create content for both our stages and screens. Whose stories are told is defined by decision-makers, namely theatres’ executive leadership and boards. Today the vast majority of these decision-makers are white men. A shift to accurate representation is imperative for the health of our industry, and the nation at large.
The AMP mentorship/leadership model is designed to disrupt the industry establishment in five years by empowering, equipping, and AMPlifying BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) women and non-binary artists. AMP represents a nationwide network and community that will dismantle the industry’s racism and sexism through representation and agency. AMP’s success and influence will be visible through changed demographics of both practitioners and the resulting audience. AMP positions BIPOC women and non-binary artists to take their rightful place in “the room where it happens.”
AMP promotes Access by allocating resources to eliminate barriers, including but not limited to child care, transportation, language, and ableism. AMP employs Mentorship to transfer knowledge and build community. AMP leads to Prosperity in the form of jobs, security, and well-being.
Minita Gandhi is a Los Angeles-based actress/writer/activist/healer born in Mumbai, India. She is currently piloting AGE’s Bridging the Collective national mentorship program focused on BIPOC women and non-binary artists. She was the National Co-Director for StateraArts Mentorship Program, and developed a global women’s leadership program for Pinnacle Performance Company. She is the founder/CEO of Minita Studio. She believes in ‘coalition not competition’ and has taught workshops internationally on using Art as Activism. Gandhi’s acting experience includes network television, independent film, and top regional theatres. Muthaland, her autobiographical 90-minute, one-woman show has toured nationally and was nominated for Chicago’s Jeff Awards.
Newly relocated to LA, Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway is founder/CEO of Artistic Directors of the Future and listed three consecutive years on The Stage Top 100 Power List. She is Founder/Artistic Director of Beyond The Canon, Executive Director of Black Lives, Black Words International Project, former troubleshooter/Manager of the National Theatre’s Black Play Archive, Editor of two monologue anthologies, interim Associate Producer at Theatre Royal Stratford East and former Trustee at Angels Theatre Company. She works internationally as theatre director, producer, dramaturg, teacher/guest lecturer, audience development consultant, and trustee for the Directors Guild of Great Britain.
Jane Vogel Mantiri is an actor, an activist, and a clinical psychologist. She has an extensive history of championing for social justice issues. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oregon. She served on the Board for the Center for Community Counseling in Eugene, OR for fifteen years, including tenure as Board President. Recently, Mantiri pivoted AGE’s focus from grant awards in Portland to a national BIPOC women/non-binary mentorship project called Bridging the Collective. She was born in Indonesia, lived in the Netherlands and became a naturalized US citizen in 1967.