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Free live art diversity workshop coming to CCRI 

April 21, 2016

Diversity Fellows! photograph Diversity Fellows!, Marc Boucai and Reya Sehgal, will bring "TRAINING DAY, ACT I" to CCRI on April 28.

Diversity Fellows! will bring their groundbreaking theater piece, "TRAINING DAY, ACT I," to the Community College of Rhode Island's Knight Campus in Warwick next week.

The live art diversity workshop explores the languages and performances of diversity and multiculturalism in various institutional locations – from the classroom to the boardroom to the yoga studio to the wide open spaces of the West.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Room 4090 in a free event sponsored by the CCRI Players and the Charles Sullivan Fund for the Arts and Humanities.

This diversity workshop, conducted at fast-forward speed, is led by pairs of diversity counselors, played by Marc Boucai and Reya Sehgal. These counselors reference different institutional modes of performing diversity, multiculturalism, anti-oppressive ethics and tolerance. Embodying these personas, Boucai and Sehgal lead audiences on a semi-improvised journey through trust knots, role-plays, privilege lines and sticky situations. The workshops use song, dance, video, discussion and team-building activities to take audiences through the many stages of institutional diversity performance.

Boucai is an arts advocate, administrator, scholar, writer, director, teacher and performance artist. He completed his doctorate in performance studies with a designated emphasis in women, gender and sexuality studies from the University of California Berkeley. He is the theater coordinator at AS220 in Providence, where he manages a 100-seat performance space, live arts residencies and community outreach initiatives.

Sehgal is a performer, curator, scholar and editor pursuing a master's degree in public humanities at Brown University. Her areas of interest include the performances and discourses of diversity, responsive and responsible public engagement in the arts, informal education, futurities and institutional interdisciplinarity. She serves as the humanities action lab coordinator and programs assistant for the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and the digital media designer and programs assistant for the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.

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