The Observer: Diversity takes center stage
Reporting on a tense moment in the student arts scene at Notre Dame, when a production of the musical “Parade” drew allegations that those in charge were excluding African-American students from auditioning.
Senior Erdina Francillon is the president of Shades of Ebony, and was one of the student leaders that worked with PEMCo. She said she understood the hesitation to “break the mold” in any play with roles not written for diverse actors, but she feels that “Parade” was a poor choice of musical to perform during Black History Month.
“People are missing the point that minorities don’t always want to play these stereotypical roles,” Francillon said.
Francillon said she hopes that the workshop will give PEMCo. an audience of more diverse students while also shaking up preconceptions about racial typecasting.
“These communities exist on campus — they’re performing communities … It’s the recruiting message [from PEMCo.] that isn’t effective,” Francillon said.