Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Post Show Panel Discussion Hosted by R. Eric Thomas
May 13 2016
Join us after the May 13th performance of Underground Railroad Game for a post show panel hosted by R. Eric Thomas pulling in the show’s themes of race, sexuality, bondage, power, privilege, pedagogy, humor, and “good intentions.”
André Robert Lee
About the Panelists
R. Eric Thomas
R. Eric Thomas is a playwright and stand-up dramedian. He has been called “one of the most talented storytellers in Philly” by the Philadelphia Weekly. He is the long-running host of “Songbird: The Search for Philly’s Best Singer” and The Moth in Philadelphia. He frequently lectures and leads workshops on intersectional comedy, storytelling and using narrative structure to transform business practices.
From 2011-2016, Rosie Arnold served as the Education & Programs Manager at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Indiana, where she managed Follow the North Star, a powerful immersive simulation of the Underground Railroad. The program gives participants a glimpse of the experiences fugitive slaves had as they sought their freedom by traveling north across Indiana in 1836. FNS has served more than 80,000 people, including thousands of middle and high school students, since it began in 1998. It has won awards of merit from the American Alliance of Museums and the American Association for State and Local History. Rosie holds bachelor’s degrees in history and communication and a master’s degree in museum studies.
Rosie has recently relocated to Philadelphia to work at the new Museum of the American Revolution.
With a master’s from Columbia University in clinical social work and the crushing debt to prove it, Luna fell back on her sense of humor to survive on the mean streets of San Francisco. A fixture in the Bay Area comedy scene, Luna crafted Live Sex, a comedy talk-show exploring sex, relationships and everything your mother never let you watch on TV, as a way to combine her debaucherously charming humor and her life-long love of sexology. A diversity and inclusion consultant for schools, universities and workplaces, she fights injustice by day and creates it by night performing in comedy clubs and bars throughout California. She’s the creator and visionary behind EquiTable, the Comedy Hack Day Grand Prize Winner at SF Sketchfest. She’s also an artist in residence at the historic African American Arts and Culture Complex. To contact: LunaMalbroux@gmail.com
André Robert Lee
André Robert Lee’s resume includes, New York City Public Schools, The Ford Foundation, NBC, PBS, Maysles, Miramax Films, Urbanworld, Film Movement, BET, Universal, HBO, Picturehouse, and Dreamworks. André directed and produced The Prep School Negro and served as producer on the documentary I’m Not Racist…Am I?. He has visited over 700 high schools, colleges, universities and conferences on his speaking tour with his films domestically and internationally. André received a Fellowship in 2013 from Colorlines.com; a division of Race Forward and was tasked with Directing and Producing the 12 month series Life Cycles of Inequity: A Colorlines Series on Black Men. André has received initial funding for and is in development of a narrative feature film about the life of Bayard Rustin. André is currently working with the Albert Maysles and the Maysles Documentary Center as Director and Producer on two documentary projects that are in development. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Ready Willing and Able: The Doe Fund, Inc., on the Jury for the Oscarsã Student competition as an adviser for the Monument Lab in Philadelphia and has served as a Reader for The Gates Millennium Scholars Program as well as a speaker at The Gates Millennium Scholars Program Leadership Conferences. Connecticut College’s Alumni Board of Directors and Mellon Fund Internship program for Juniors and Seniors. He has also served as jury member and panel participant for numerous film festivals and student competitions. André is a recipient of many awards and acknowledgements including the Goss Award from Connecticut College.