African American Shakespeare Company Reimagines Classic Plays For Black Actors « CBS San Francisco


SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) When Sherri Young graduated from the American Conservatory of Theater in the 1990s, there weren’t very many roles for African Americans like her, so this week’s Jefferson Award winner launched her own theater company.

In Sherri Young’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire, most of the actors are people of color.

“I just wanted opportunities for actors of color to really have that ability to get these meaty roles because this is the stuff we want to do and that we live for,” she explained.

In 1994, Young founded the African-American Shakespeare Company. The San Francisco-based nonprofit aims to give people of color their chance in the spotlight.

“It lets people know we are capable and more than capable,” said Artistic Director L. Peter Callender, adding…

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