In the spirit of the dramaturgy of Mutual Aid we ask ourselves how can we be of use to one another during these times? How can we support each other and our communities? How do we use arts experiences to bring us together and celebrate their power?

MAY 1, 2020 AT 4PM (ONLINE)



As of April 19, 2020, New York City’s Public Theater has had to cancel its celebrated Shakespeare in the Park 2020 season. Let us celebrate and aid The Public by keeping Joseph Papp’s dream thriving. We ask community members to view The Public Theater’s 2019 Summer Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Kenny Leon, streaming free online now through May 27, 2020.


Then join us May 1st at 4pm on Zoom for an hour-long online conversation about the play, the production, Shakespeare, and the challenges facing theater institutions near and far. Leading our discussion will be Jamil Jude, Artistic Director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater, Atlanta, GA, and Margaret Maurer, William Henry Crawshaw Professor of Literature, Colgate University. Moderated by April Sweeney, Co-Artistic Director, Necessary Digression and Associate Professor of Theater, Colgate University.

To register for this community program, please email Arts Together | Hamilton Conversations is free and open to all. If you have the means, please consider making a donation to keep Arts at the Palace thriving.

Jamil Jude is a highly accomplished director, producer, playwright and dramaturg focusing on bringing socially relevant art to the community. Jamil is the Artistic Director at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia, where he previously severed as Associate Artistic Director. Additionally, he is the Co-Founder of The New Griots Festival, which is dedicated to celebrating, advocating, and advancing the careers of emerging Black artists in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area in Minnesota. Prior to joining the staff at True Colors, Jamil served as the Artistic Programming Associate at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, a Producer in Residence at Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre, a New Play Producing Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, DC and co-founded the Colored People’s Theatre. Among his many awards, Jamil has been named the recipient of the Turn The Spotlight Fellowship (18/19), Andrew W. Mellon/TCG Leadership U Fellowship (2015/17), Nautilus Music Theater Management Fellowship (2014/15), NNPN Producer Residency (2011/12; 2012/13), Jerome Foundation/The Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Mentorship (2013/14) and the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage (2009/10; 2010/11). Jamil received his Bachelors of Arts from Colgate University.

Arts Together | Hamilton Conversations is made possible by a grant from the Central New York Community Foundation.