A virtual presentation and award ceremony celebrating the black album. mixtape. collaborators and their work. Presented in partnership with Rebuild Foundation.

Past Events

Friday, May 7 | 8 p.m.

the black album. mixtape. Dinner (Livestreamed via YouTube, Facebook from The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis)

This event was a virtual experience created by Regina Taylor, The Rep’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright-in-Residence, that brought together St. Louis community leaders to discuss the intersectionality of the Black experience with the impact and reality of COVID-19.
Participants embarked on an array of topics as they conversed over a meal built as food for their souls. Dinner guests included Rebeccah Bennett, Shay Gillespie, Senator Jamilah Nasheed, Tef Poe, Kayla Reed, Regina Taylor and Rep Artistic Director Hana S. Sharif. Meals were designed and prepared by Chef David Kirkland of Turn.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2021 

Food for Thought: Arts Activism & Technology

A  conversation over dinner celebrating the launch of the second phase of Regina Taylor’s the black album project, mixtape. The first course included a virtual meal served on black bone china that was been handcrafted by student artists. We hosted a lively discussion on arts activism and technology moderated by Theatre Forward’s Carl Sylvestre and featuring Executive Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville Robert Barry Fleming, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s sixth artistic director Nataki Garrett, and National Black Theatre’s artistic director Jonathan McCrory.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Change Agents: Join Leaders Tackling Health, Technology, Art and Activism

Producer, host, actor, and Chicago-native Troy Pryor will lead a roundtable discussion featuring BET Networks President of Media Sales Louis Carr, founder and principal of management venture capital firm XD Technology Xavier Hernandez, and physician, best-selling author, and television host Ian Smith, M.D.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Shape Shifters: Join Leaders Who Are Remixing History

Actress, playwright, educator, arts advocate, and Chair of the Board of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) Nikkole Salter led a virtual conversation featuring dancer, choreographer, and teacher Dianne McIntyre, award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, and recording artist Carl Hancock Rux, playwright and director Octavio Solis, and playwright and stage director Chay Yew.

Screening of the black album. 2020. resistance. 

the black album. 2020. resistance., was a collage of monologues, songs, scenes and images written and directed by Taylor and performed live online in October by Meadows undergraduate and graduate acting students. Sets, costumes, lighting and sound were created by Meadows theatre design students, alumni and faculty in collaboration with guest artists. The production was filmed and will be screened for the first time in this evening presentation. Ms. Taylor will participate in a post-show session along with student actors.

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A Conversation with Wilmer Leon and Ruby Sales

A discussion with legendary civil rights activist, scholar, administrator, manager, public theologian and educator Ruby Sales, moderated by Dr. Wilmer Leon, political scientist and longtime host of “Inside the Issues w/Wilmer Leon” on Sirius XM.