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LISTEN: Ruben Santiago-Hudson on directing, Shakespeare, and diversity

Date: Apr 11, 2016
Earlier this year, Ruben Santiago-Hudson spoke to me about directing Skeleton Crew, Dominique Morisseau's searing play about Detroit auto workers who refuse to relinquish their dignity in the face of a collapsing industry. A hit with critics and audiences, the show returns to the Atlantic Theater from May 13 - June 19, giving us another chance to experience Santiago-Hudson's elegant direction.

In a perfect complement to Skeleton Crew's return, Santiago-Hudson is also featured in the latest Masters of the Stage podcast. On November 5, 2015, John Dias, artistic director of Two Rivers, sat down with Santiago-Hudson and Justin Emeka -- an actor, playwright, choreographer, and director -- to discuss their bodies of work and philosophical approaches to directing. Throughout the conversation, the two artists touch on the importance of thoughtful casting, directing both Shakespeare and August Wilson, and the importance of representation.

I love this conversation, as both Santiago-Hudson and Emeka are uniquely insightful about their work. You can listen to the podcast here, and you can hear more Masters of the Stage episodes here. As always, I want to acknowledge the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, which produces this excellent podcast series.


Photo of Ruben Santiago-Hudson (left) and John Emeka by Peta Coy