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12 Triangle Area Black Theater Companies

There are lots of ways to support equity and inclusion on our Triangle stages. One way is to learn about black theater companies in our area, support black and brown artists and theater-makers by showing up to readings, workshops, and productions, or make a donation.

Summer Duckling Olivia Elease Hardy is Going Places

Between finishing up an online calculus class and playing a young Donna Summer, heaven knows Olivia Elease Hardy is working hard and learning about life on the road. That’s because Hardy, a rising senior at the University of Michigan, is playing Duckling Donna in SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL. Read what Hardy had to say to RDU on Stage about life on the road.

RENT’S Aiyana Smash is Living La Vie Bohéme

In 1996, Jonathan Larson’s rock musical RENT opened on Broadway and became a phenomenon. This week, the national tour returns to the Durham Performing Arts Center, opening the hearts and minds of a new generation of theatergoers and performers, including 20-year-old Aiyana Smash who plays Mimi. Read what she has to say about the show and experience.