Black Theater Evolution: LeeAnet Noble & Dr. Drew Lichtenberg at Shakespeare Theatre Co.

In this episode of The Truth in This Art podcast, host Rob Lee interviews Dr. Drew Lichtenberg and LeeAnet Noble, two esteemed professionals from the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. They discuss their careers, contributions to Black theater history, and their groundbreaking productions. ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽค

Episode Highlights:

-Introduction to Dr. Drew Lichtenberg and Leone Noble ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ (00:00:10)
-Early memories that sparked their passion for the arts ๐ŸŒŸ (00:05:07)
-The journey to working at the Shakespeare Theatre Company ๐ŸŽญ (00:10:23)
-The importance of representation and inclusivity in theater ๐ŸŒ (00:17:03)
-How their backgrounds and experiences inform their roles at STC ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒˆ (00:29:50)
-Superstitions and rituals in the theater world ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽญ (00:42:02)

Key Takeaways:

-Dr. Drew Lichtenberg and LeeAnet Noble have made significant contributions to Black theater history.
-Teaching Black theater history is crucial for preserving and celebrating the contributions of Black artists.
-Groundbreaking productions push boundaries and create new opportunities for diverse voices in theater.
-Equity and belonging are essential for creating an inclusive and thriving theater community. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿค

Visit the Shakespeare Theatre Company's website to learn more about their productions and support their mission of promoting equity and belonging in theater. ๐ŸŒโค๏ธ๐ŸŽญ

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Dr. Drew Lichtenberg
Dr. Drew Lichtenberg
Dr. Drew Lichtenberg is an Associate Director at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. He has also worked on Broadway, at the National Theatre in London, and at many theatres around the country. He is on the faculty of Catholic University of America and has also taught at Yale University and the New School. He has been featured as a guest columnist in the New York Times and is the author of two books, The Piscatorbรผhne Century (2021, Routledge) and a forthcoming history of the Shakespeare Theatre Company (2024, Arden/Bloomsbury).
LeeAnet Noble
LeeAnet Noble
LeeAnet Noble is a world renowned multi hyphenate artist, she currently teaches an original Black theatre history course about the first Black Classical theatre troupe and the origins of Ira Aldridge at The Academy of Classical Acting (Graduate studies at George Washington University) and is on senior staff at Shakespeare Theatre Company where she is the Director of Equity and Belonging. She graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a degree in theater and is certified in Equity from Purdue University. She has conducted DEIA consulting sessions for numerous organizations, colleges, and theatres. As an actor, director, and choreographer, she has performed and/or worked with STOMP, Drumstruck, Disneyโ€™s โ€œThe Lion King Experience,โ€ Bono, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Sheryl Crow and more. Her original one-woman shows have premiered off-Broadway at The Zipper Theatre and at 54Below in New York City. She is one of the founders of The Loncie Project a non-profit production company dedicated to inclusivity in the arts. She recently also directed and created โ€œGoddess and The Women of Godsโ€ produced by Harvard Universityโ€™s Center for Hellenic Studies which is currently available for viewing online and Teddy Bear Mountain at Cleveland Play House with her mother and creative partner Lauretta Noble as music director and composer, the duo also co-direct the internationally, critically acclaimed dance troupe, Team Vicious who have been featured in Vogue Magazine, Elle and more. Her original productions have been produced at Madison Square Garden, The Stade de Bercy, and The Kennedy Center. Her work diversifying fashion has been inducted into museums around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum and the Museum at FIT. As an educator she has worked at Montgomery College and Howard University and has conducted workshops, master classes and lectures at Spelman College, Morgan State University, Hunter College, Coppin State University, Clark Atlanta University, Bowie State University, Morehouse College, The Fashion Institute of Technology and more. At Shakespeare theatre company she curated the statewide Amen Baldwin Festival, and numerous events featuring artists such as Angela Bassett, Keith David, Helen Mirren and more. She is passionate about creating change through the arts. For more information, please visit
Black Theater Evolution: LeeAnet Noble & Dr. Drew Lichtenberg at Shakespeare Theatre Co.
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