TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH THEATRE
Red Mountain Theatre's Human Rights New Works Festival is a conversation and a celebration of that which unites us all - our humanity.
Amid the backdrop of today’s hate-filled rhetoric and Birmingham’s fractured past, RMT is working to spark world-changing conversations – one individual at a time. For through great art, we explore issues and emotions too difficult for mere words. And, this exploration opens us to consider the life of another – our fellow man.
Each year, RMT hosts a festival of powerful work that inspires, engages, and transforms audiences. With playwright Q&As, staged readings of new works, community conversations, and commissioned pieces from young artists, RMT leads our city in a human rights experience unlike any other.
From a national call for submissions, our committee selects four new works to be read at the festival. Our hope is to continue our relationship with our writers long after this festival is through
The backdrop of today’s hate-filled rhetoric and Birmingham’s fractured past, RMT is working to spark world-changing conversations – one individual at a time. For through great art, we explore issues and emotions too difficult for mere words. And, this exploration opens us to consider the life of another – our fellow man.
How the festival will explore human rights:
After a week of preparation, actors read aloud from scripts, incorporating minimal stage movement without costumes or sets. These presentations are followed by a community conversation with the writer(s), director, and cast.
Performances featuring full production of set, costuming, props, and staging. These often feature a public presence, such as critical reviews, advertisements, or publicity releases.
Prior to each staged reading, the writer(s) will share a bit about themselves, their inspiration for the work, and their plans for its future development.
After performances, the audience joins in an informal discussion with the cast, creative team, designers, and/or directors of the production. This gives audience members a chance to ask questions, offer feedback, and learn more about the show.
A selected group of panelists, who share differing perspectives, join in a live or virtual discussion about a specific topic. These are usually conducted in a moderated format, featuring a question-answer session with the audience at the conclusion.
Young artists from The Actors’ Academy showcase excerpts of new work they’ve written around human rights topics. Their material is interspersed with songs from the festival’s Associate Artistic Director.
Celebration, Commemoration, and Conversation.
2013 Production of “The MLK Project” by Priscilla Hancock Cooper and Cheryl L. Davis
Inspire, engage, and transform audiences.
2010 Production of “Barnstormer” by Cheryl L. Davis & Doug Cohen
Red Mountain Theatre Executive Director Keith Cromwell has a 25-year directing and performing career that includes numerous awards and involvement with the Actors’ Equity Association, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, American Guild of Variety Artists, and Screen Actors Guild.
We’re committed to building new works of theatre.
For 14 years under Keith Cromwell’s direction, RMT has focused its efforts on giving a platform to such powerful, essential stories as those of Nelson Mandela and Fannie Lou Hamer. We are redoubling our efforts in our mission of human rights advocacy through the ancient art of theatre.