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in 1: the podcast – #100 See Lighting Foundation – Immigrant Designer Roundtable

Alan C. Edwards, Cory Pattak • Theatre Buzz • September 3, 2020

Here’s a new in 1: the podcast, Episode #100 episode, a podcast with Immigrant Designers – Cha See, Rodrigo Muñoz, Yee Eun Nam, and Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene; hosted by Cory Pattak and Alan C. Edwards.

#100 See Lighting Foundation – Immigrant Designer Roundtable
The COVID-19 crisis has forced so many designers into an unpredictable and scary situation, but it’s especially difficult for artists living in the states who are not U.S. citizens. Today on episode 100, we are sitting down with four immigrant designers to discuss how they have been affected by the shutdown and about the formation of the See Lighting Foundation to help artists in need.

Cory Pattak and Changing the Landscape producer Alan Edwards chat with Cha See, Rodrigo Muñoz, Yee Eun Nam, and Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene about the difficulties non-citizens are facing including the inability to collect unemployment, the rules surrounding work visas that prevent them from seeking out other work which could lead to possible deportation, and how this administration’s callous and hostile behavior towards immigrants has affected their lives.

The group also reexamines the idea of the American dream and the notion that this is a country built by (and made great by) immigrants, whether that America still exists, why they persevere in the face of such adversity, and why, ultimately, calling America their home is important in their journey as an artist. The contribution of artists from all over the world is critical to the theatre community to ensure we keep telling stories that reflect our diverse makeup and give voices to other cultures.

Please enjoy this important conversation and then visit seelightingfoundation.com to learn more and help in any way you can. 

Further information about each of the designers on this roundtable:
Cha See: seelightingdesign.com
Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene: fuzunina.com
Rodrigo Muñoz: rodrigomunozdesign.com
Yee Eun Nam: yeeeunnam.com

The Zoom photo of Episode #100 – (l to r, top) Alan C. Edwards, Cory Pattak, Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene. (l to r, bottom) Cha See, Yee Eun Nam, Rodrigo Muñoz.

 

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