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Jennifer Bielstein And & Pam MacKinnon On COVID-19 And The Arts

Laura Eckstein Jones | October 16, 2020 | People

The executive director and artistic director of American Conservatory Theater strive to build a better world through the power of live theater.


How are you helping your community?
JB: Right now, I’ve been focused on collaborating within our community as a member of the mayor’s Economic Recovery Task Force, through the Arts Alliance, in national and regional advocacy work with other theater colleagues and in efforts to support racial justice and equity.
PM: Theater stimulates empathy and critical thought. At A.C.T., we value inclusion, transformational learning, participation and rigorous fun. We give artists in our community a major platform to make and share stories.

What is your 2020 motto?
Flexibility. Adaptability. Collaboration.
PM: Acta, non verba (Deeds, not words).

What does the world need more of now?
Healthy civic dialogue and engagement.
PM: Laughter and respect.

Photography by: Kevin Berne