Baltimore’s Chesapeake Shakespeare Firm has launched The Monument Venture, an arts activism marketing campaign to learn the theatre’s education schemes. On the middle of the mission is a sequence of images of the corporate’s Black actors standing on town’s empty pedestals, the place Accomplice statues as soon as stood. The portraits had been lately unveiled as large-scale banners hanging on the entrance to Chesapeake Shakespeare Firm’s efficiency house.
The Metropolis of Baltimore eliminated the statues in 2017, however the plinths stay standing, with no determination but made concerning their use. CSC has paired the portraits of the Renaissance costume-clad actors with strains from Hamlet, The Winter’s Story, Romeo and Juliet, and the Bard’s “Sonnet 55.”
Poster-size copies of the photographs be obtainable for buy, with proceeds benefiting CSC’s education schemes, serving 16,000 college students yearly in Baltimore and surrounding counties (together with components of Washington, D.C.). For extra data, go to ChesapeakeShakespeare.com.
Posing for the mission are Tamieka Chavis, Renea Brown, Keith Romeno Snipes, Terrance Fleming, Isaiah Harvey, Gerrad Alex Taylor, and Shaquan Pearson. CSC member Séamus Miller conceived the initiative and photographed alongside Brandon W. Vernon; costumes are by Kristina Lambdin.
Chesapeake Shakespeare Firm is Baltimore’s third largest theatre firm and town’s solely Shakespeare firm. Of their “Assertion on Fairness, Entry, and Inclusion,” they’ve dedicated to color-conscious casting and elevated hiring practices of BIPOC administrative employees, educating artists, and trustees. The corporate has additionally created the Black Classical Appearing Ensemble, aimed to mentor and practice native Black actors without charge to them.
Take look beneath at a few of the marketing campaign pictures, plus behind-the-scenes photographs of the shoot.