CATS Webinar: “Asians/Asian Americans and the African American Community: Solidarity Through the Arts”

Starts: June 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Ends: June 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm

CATS Artist Interview Series with Jeannie Barroga, Ron Muriera, and Norman Gee on Zoom and Facebook

Join CATS for a lively discussion with Asian American artists on their response to the renewed awakening of systemic racism, police brutality and the call for solidarity. With over 100 years of experience collectively, esteemed panelists, Jeannie Barroga, playwright and activist; Ron Muriera, performer and arts advocate; and Norman Gee, actor and teacher, recall their personal history of pushing for acceptance and visibility in the theatre world and their commitment to continue the fight for inclusion for all.

They will recall the long activist history of solidarity, and share their thoughts on the role that the arts have played to enlighten issues and discuss possible acts of advocacy. Their shared histories present a framework for a powerful summation of what is happening and what is needed to move society forward and energize change.


Jeannie Barroga
Playwright Jeannie Barroga’s scripts are at Stanford’s Green Library Special Collections; is a Lifetime Dramatists Guild Member; an NEA recipient (WALLS); a Gerbode/Hewlett Award recipient (BUFFALO’ED); and an Arty Award recipient for Best Original Production (BANYAN)-Norman directed. After her Playwright Forum became TheatreWorks New Works, she served on staffs at Oakland Ensemble Theater, the Asian American Theater, and Bindlestiff Studio.

Ron Muriera
Ron P. Muriera has over 20 years of performing arts experience in theatre, dance, music, and comedy having performed throughout California, nationally and internationally. He now dedicates his time and efforts in the area of advocacy, with specific focus on arts and cultural equity.

Norman Gee
Norman Gee is founder & Artistic Director of the Oakland Public Theater, “a different kind of Black theater”. He has been an actor/ director / teacher & arts activist in Bay Area theater for over 20 years.