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Jean-Remy Monnay, Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY

Paul Grondahl interviews Jean-Remy Monnay, founder and artistic director of the Black Theatre Troupe of Upstate NY.

During the interview, Jean-Remy refers to a recent op/ed he published in the Albany Times Union on Sept. 6, 2020, with the headline "Embracing cultural diversity enriches humanity." He begins:

"Making stereotypes of 'others' in the United States particularly affects people from the 'other' Americas living here and diversifying our country — including people from other nations on the continents of North and South America. By learning and understanding each other, we can help stop the mistreatment and the killing of our brothers and sisters whom we consider to be different from us."

The interview serves as a prelude to The Time for Reckoning Symposium, a program of events

confronting systemic racism, seeking justice and reimagining society in partnership with The Center for Law and Justice, WMHT, the Albany Times Union, and other community organizations. Those events will kick off in late October.

Black Theatre Troupe was originally founded as Soul Rebel Performance Troupe in November 2009 by veteran actor Jean-Remy Monnay as a not-for-profit organization to foster understanding, appreciation and participation of the performing arts among communities of color.  Headquartered in New York State’s Capital Region, Black Theatre Troupe promotes performance and theatrical pieces by, and about, artists of color. Online at

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