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Representation & Responsibility: Racial and Gender Equity in Film and Television

Opera Theatre St. Louis Event Image
  • January 20
  • 1 p.m.
  • Regional Arts Commission
  • Free

Please join us for the second installment of Opera Theatre's 2019 Representation & Responsibility series on Sunday, January 20, at 1 p.m. This community conversation will focus on the topic of racial and gender equity in film and television.

The panel discussion will be followed by a light wine and cheese reception. It is free to attend, but RSVPs are encouraged at the link below.


Left Bank Books will have a table with copies of Fire Shut Up in My Bones available for purchase at the event.


Kasi Lemmons

A native of St. Louis, Kasi Lemmons has been acting, writing, and directing for 40 years. She has written and directed films including Eve's Bayou (1997), starring Samuel L. Jackson, and Talk to Me (2007), starring Don Cheadle, and her film Harriet about the life of Harriet Tubman is set to be released in 2019. Some of the stars of Harriet include Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, and Leslie Odom Jr. She wrote the libretto for Opera Theatre's 2019 world premiere Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Colleen McGuinness

Colleen McGuinness has written for numerous television shows, including NBC's Emmy-winning 30 Rock, for which she also received Emmy, WGA, and PGA award nominations. She most recently served as a consulting producer on Amazon's Forever, starring Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, and is now a co-executive producer on Stargirl, an upcoming series for the DC Comics streaming service. She has developed pilots with Tina Fey, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, HBO, and F/X, and is currently creating a show with Reese Witherspoon producing, based on the Curtis Sittenfeld book You Think It, I'll Say It. McGuinness graduated cum laude in English from Harvard University and lives in Los Angeles with her husband Blake, son James, and dog Elaine. 

More panelists to be announced soon!