I am native of Cleveland and alumnus of Karamu Theatre. I have been invited back to Karamu on several occasions by Artistic Director, Terrence Spivey. The mere fact that the theatre alumni return - is a tribute not just to what Karamu Theatre means but what theatre as a genre mean. I would ask if any of the nursery school students come back to support the institution? Not to belittle the impact of the nursery school--but one should not take priority over the other--each segment contributes to the institution in it's own way.
As young artists we are taught to be vulnerable--yet protective. When Spivey talks about 'voodoo' I can understand his inner feelings since who, how, why would anyone attack his work and achievements since arriving at Karamu -- they have been stellar, intelligent and productive.
Yet I remember a 'farewell' party for Lois Mcguire that felt like a funeral when she was ousted by the board--perhaps Peter you might have answered the supreme calling to stay on the Karamu Board and fight from the top--perhaps--but being an outsider I can only suggest the what might have beens...I do know that if you lose Terrence all of Cleveland loses...the artists ...the audiences...and the art! Susan Watson Turner - Professor Theatre - Lehman College - City University of New York
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