TCIP on OUT CHICAGO w/Scott Duff

On Sunday, May 10, founder Emjoy Gavino and collective member Delia Kropp were on Scott Duff's "Out Chicago" radio program talking about inclusive casting and related issues. Our chat begins at the 1 hour, 11 minute mark. It’s really fun and informative! Listen here or read transcript below. Scott: Chicago is home to the most exciting and vibrant theater scene in the country, however, sometimes what you see on the stage falls short of representing the diverse population of the city. So, enter stage left: The Chicago Inclusion Project, which is a collective committed to providing inspiration, motivation and resources for Chicago theaters and casting agencies to pursue fully inclusive casting.

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