MTP Arts-Based Events
MTP hosts distinguished panel discussions, intimate conversations, special guest performances, and arts-based critical presentations. Dr. Carr host's actors, singer-songwriters, poets, authors, and filmmakers from diverse backgrounds in 90-minute to 2-hour events, ranging from panel discussions, to master classes, to one-on-one conversations. Students participate in question-and-answer discussions and often meet the guest(s) after the event. MTP also collaborates with the Counseling Center, Intercultural Affairs Office, and several student organizations to explore topics in various arts based and discussion settings.
MTP Panels and Discussions are topic-driven under the scope of diversity:
"Intimate Conversation With"
Actors come to share aspects of their journey through a diversity framework. The one-on-one conversations delve into the guest actor's biography, journey in the industry, and his or her negotiation of issues related to diversity, which also includes the practice of critical self-reflection in his or her life. Recently hosted actor Lisa Vidal (of Being Mary Jane) and Jason George (of Grey's Anatomy).
"Social Typage and Cinema"
Focuses on the socio-cultural politics and ideological constructs of physical appearance in the industry. Each guest shares how his or her body is tethered to the creative process that resultantly creates barriers and at times opportunities based on the sociopolitical climate and targeted consumer of the time.
Distinguished panel series featuring actors Lisa Vidal, Assaf Cohen, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Gwendolyn Yeo. T. Actors hosting students post panel meet and greet.
Distinguished panel series on African American cinema featuring actors Wren T. Brown, Keith David, Michael Boatman, Obba Babatundé and April Grace. Actors hosting students post panel meet and greet.
"The Cinematic Gaze"
Explores gender and power dynamics inside the industry and in media arts in general. This conversation strives to develop media literacy.
Recently hosted Stunt Women and Motion Pictures
"Women and The Arts"
Examines issues of gender, power, access, and agency across artistic fields as artist and business executive. Recent events: Distinguished panel featuring Jayne Kennedy Overton, Sonja Norwood, Anne Bagay, and April Grace.
Distinguished panel of stuntwomen: pioneer Jadie David, LaFaye Baker and Tammie Baird
Master Classes focuses on acting as a craft led by award-winning seasoned performers.