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Harvey Williams, Founder and Executive Director of KC Melting Pot Theatre (KCMPT) in Kansas City announced that Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley has been appointed as Artistic Director. After three years as Associate Artistic Director, Hodges Persley has helped to position KCMPT as a theater company to watch in the Kansas City regional theater landscape. Under her creative influence, the company has produced timely and thought-provoking shows such as the revivals of Angelina W. Grimke’s 1916 anti-lynching play Rachel and Amiri Baraka’s 1964 Obie award- winning play Dutchman as well as cutting edge new American voices such as Pulitzer Prize winner Dominique Morriseau and emerging playwright Lewis J. Morrow. Hodges Persley draws season inspiration from an eclectic array of sources from historic social and arts movements to #Black Lives Matter and African American music genres. “Nicole has made quite an impression on the KCMPT family and community. We did not need to have a search process because her artistic vision is leading us to develop new audiences by giving them diverse representations of American theater that speak to multiple generations,” said Williams. “KCMPT is one of the cornerstones of
community outreach and artistic opportunity for artists of color in Kansas City. Nicole brings a dynamic personality, knowledge of African American history and clear vision that can help us incubate emerging artists of color. The Board of KCMPT is excited to have her at the artistic helm because she dreams big. Under her artistic vision, we are now bringing revivals and new works to our audiences adding to our vision to develop the voices of Kansas City’s playwrights of color.” "I am honored to accept the Artistic Director position at KCMPT,” said Hodges Persley “I feel the performers and production team at KCMPT are some of the best in the city. We are the ‘little train that could’ and we just keep on going and growing each year. I look forward to leading the artistic vision of this extraordinary collective as we forge new models of sustainability that highlight the importance of theater as a space to reimagine a more inclusive American theater narrative. We have so many artists that want to be seen and heard. At KCMPT, we showcase voices and stories by artist of color that need to be heard by everyone. All of our lives depend on it.” “The promotion of Nicole Hodges Persley to Artistic Director at KC Melting Pot Theatre is good news,” said Susan Kysela, Board Member, KCMPT. “As Associate Artistic Director over the last three years, she brings a high level of professional experience to everything she has a hand in. She's hardworking and dedicated to the success of this theater. This is a welcome development.” About Nicole Hodges Persley Nicole Hodges Persley is an award-winning Associate Professor of Theatre and the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Kansas. An artist-scholar, Hodges Persley creates intentional bridges between the entertainment industry and academia. Hodges Persley has served as the Associate Artistic Director of KCMPT from 2015 to 2018. She was the founder and former Co-Artistic Director of Mountaintop Players in Los Angeles from 1997-2000 which produced Emmy winner Stephen Mc Feelys’ Now Leaving Gate 20. Her directing credits span venues on both coasts including Highways Performance space, The Complex and The Hudson Theatre and PS. 122. She founded the ‘Rep and Rev’ Play Reading series which she co- produced with Glenn North at The Gem Theater in partnership with the Kansas City Jazz Museum. Her notable directing credits in Kansas City include critically acclaimed productions of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Dominique Morriseau’s Sunset Baby, Kristoffer Diaz’s Welcome to Arroyo’s, Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman and Angelina W. Grimke’s Rachel. Hodges Persley is a specialist in African American theater and performance and has published articles and book chapters on Hip-Hop culture, African and African American theater, Black popular culture, and sampling in American Theatre magazine, Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Palimpsest, and Stage Director and Choreographers Journal. Her forthcoming book, Sampling and Remixing Blackness in Hip Hop Performance explores the influence of Hip-hop and African American culture on the artistic practices of performing artists in the United States and England. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and National Theatre Conference board member.
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Harvey Williams, Founder and Executive Director of KC

Melting Pot Theatre (KCMPT) in Kansas City announced

that Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley has been appointed as

Artistic Director. After three years as Associate Artistic

Director, Hodges Persley has helped to position KCMPT

as a theater company to watch in the Kansas City re-

gional theater landscape. Under her creative influence,

the company has produced timely and thought-provok-

ing shows such as the revivals of Angelina W. Grimke’s

1916 anti-lynching play Rachel and Amiri Baraka’s 1964

Obie award-winning play Dutchman as well as cutting

edge new American voices such as Pulitzer Prize winner

Dominique Morriseau and emerging playwright Lewis J.

Morrow. Hodges Persley draws season inspiration from

an eclectic array of sources from historic social and arts

movements to #Black Lives Matter and African American

music genres.

“Nicole has made quite an impression on the KCMPT

family and community. We did not need to have a search

process because her artistic vision is leading us to de-

velop new audiences by giving them diverse representa-

tions of American theater that speak to multiple

generations,” said Williams. “KCMPT is one of the corner-

stones of community outreach and artistic opportunity

for artists of color in Kansas City. Nicole brings a dynamic

personality, knowledge of African American history and

clear vision that can help us incubate emerging artists of

color. The Board of KCMPT is excited to have her at the

artistic helm because she dreams big. Under her artistic

vision, we are now bringing revivals and new works to

our audiences adding to our vision to develop the voices

of Kansas City’s playwrights of color.”

"I am honored to accept the Artistic Director position at

KCMPT,” said Hodges Persley “I feel the performers and

production team at KCMPT are some of the best in the

city. We are the ‘little train that could’ and we just keep

on going and growing each year. I look forward to leading

the artistic vision of this extraordinary collective as we

forge new models of sustainability that highlight the im-

portance of theater as a space to reimagine a more inclu-

sive American theater narrative. We have so many artists

that want to be seen and heard. At KCMPT, we showcase

voices and stories by artist of color that need to be heard

by everyone. All of our lives depend on it.”

“The promotion of Nicole Hodges Persley to Artistic

Director at KC Melting Pot Theatre is good news,” said

Susan Kysela, Board Member, KCMPT. “As Associate

Artistic Director over the last three years, she brings a

high level of professional experience to everything she

has a hand in. She's hardworking and dedicated to the

success of this theater. This is a welcome development.”

About Nicole Hodges Persley

Nicole Hodges Persley is an award-winning Associate

Professor of Theatre and the Associate Dean of Diversity,

Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Kansas. An

artist-scholar, Hodges Persley creates intentional bridges

between the entertainment industry and academia.

Hodges Persley has served as the Associate Artistic

Director of KCMPT from 2015 to 2018. She was the

founder and former Co-Artistic Director of Mountaintop

Players in Los Angeles from 1997-2000 which produced

Emmy winner Stephen Mc Feelys’ Now Leaving Gate 20.

Her directing credits span venues on both coasts includ-

ing Highways Performance space, The Complex and The

Hudson Theatre and PS. 122. She founded the ‘Rep and

Rev’ Play Reading series which she co-produced with

Glenn North at The Gem Theater in partnership with the

Kansas City Jazz Museum. Her notable directing credits in

Kansas City include critically acclaimed productions of

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Dominique

Morriseau’s Sunset Baby, Kristoffer Diaz’s Welcome to

Arroyo’s, Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman and Angelina W.

Grimke’s Rachel. Hodges Persley is a specialist in African

American theater and performance and has published

articles and book chapters on Hip-Hop culture, African

and African American theater, Black popular culture, and

sampling in American Theatre magazine, Theatre Journal,

Theatre Topics, Palimpsest, and Stage Director and

Choreographers Journal. Her forthcoming book,

Sampling and Remixing Blackness in Hip Hop

Performance explores the influence of Hip-hop and

African American culture on the artistic practices of per-

forming artists in the United States and England. She is a

member of SAG/AFTRA, Stage Directors and

Choreographers Society and National Theatre

Conference board member.