Alexis AV Talk — Episode 5: How Rachael Harris’ Theater Experiences Allow Her to Work With Students and Do What She Loves

alexis av talk 5On this week’s Alexis AV Talk, Alexis and guest co-host Alesia Hendley are joined by Rachael Harris.

Rachael shared her experiences as a production manager, which led to a conversation about the Harlem Renaissance and the historic theaters that traditionally serve people of color in cities all over the country. She’s worked at several theaters in Harlem, including the Apollo Theater, El Museo del Barrio and The Classical Theater of Harlem.

The Apollo Theater in Harlem (1914) and the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. (1910) began featuring Black performers and/or allowing Black patrons to see the shows in the early to mid-1900s. El Museo del Barrio in Harlem (1969) and Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago (1976) were in the next generation of theatrical and cultural spaces centered around Latin American and Black American experiences.

These Black women in AV discovered many things that they have in common — check out the episode to hear the conversation.