Stand Up Against Racism Event at Holland and Knight

This week is the national annual Stand Up Against Racism event. I have been fortunate enough to work with the school and Holland and Knight and will be participating as a panelist.

The event details are below:

Is Empathy Enough?

The Role of Art in Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

Holland & Knight, Boston University School of Law and Boston University School of Theatre are proud to present Athol Fugard’s play “Blood Knot” for YWCA Boston’s fourth annual “Stand Against Racism” event titled “Is Empathy Enough?”

Please join us to experience a performance from a selected scene of “Blood Knot” and participate in a panel discussion about the function of artistic expression in social justice activism. “Blood Knot” was banned in the 1960s in South Africa after only one performance, and thus encourages conversation about art as a catalyst for activism and change due to its controversial history. Since the 1960s, “Blood Knot” has been performed in various venues around the world and continues to promote critical dialogue on the state of race relations.


Hampton S. Fluker |  Boston University School of Theatre, Senior and Acting Major

In addition to starring in multiple university plays, Mr. Fluker was also featured in the 2009 film “The Blind Side.” In 2012, he received the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) award and an Elliot Norton award for his achievements as a performer.

Mason Sand | Boston University School of Theatre, Master of Fine Arts, Theatre Student

Mr. Sand is the founder of Boston’s Company One theatre group and has been chosen for several IRNE and Elliot Norton nominations and awards. He also teaches theatre and public speaking as an adjunct professor in Boston.


Dianne Phillips |  Partner and Co-Chair of the Boston Diversity Committee, Holland & Knight


Brandon Greene |  Boston University School of Law, 3L Student

Prior to entering law school, Mr. Greene received a B.A. degree in film production from the University of Nevada. He has been a videographer, reporter and production assistant for multiple companies ranging from CBS, ESPN, Sirius Satellite Radio, The Learning Channel to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Mr. Greene is the recipient of the 2007 Emerging Filmmaker award at the CineVegas Film Festival in Las Vegas. He recently launched the nonprofit student news website, Out the Mouths of Babes.

Kirsten Greenidge |  Boston University School of Theatre, Faculty Member

Ms. Greenidge is a lecturer at the Boston University School of Theatre and the author of “The Luck of the Irish,” “Bossa Nova,” “Milk Like Sugar” and numerous other plays. She is the recipient of a Huntington Theatre Company playwriting fellowship, a National Education Association/Theatre Communications Group residency at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and was recently the playwright-in-residence at Company One. Ms. Greenidge has received the Sundance Institute’s Time Warner award for “Bossa Nova” and The Village Voice’s OBIE award for “Milk Like Sugar” in 2012.

Thomas Martin |  Boston University School of Theatre, Master of Fine Arts, Directing Student

Mr. Martin’s work at the School of Theatre includes “Blood Knot,” “Road to Mecca,” “The Vanek Plays” and “Dancing at Lughnasa.” His directing for several area theatres includes “Twelfth Night” (Arts After Hours), “Noises Off” (Footlight Club), “Death and You” (AYTB) and “Dead White Males” (Theatre Cooperative). He has also directed for several 10-minute play festivals, such as the Boston Theatre Marathon and SLAMBoston



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