FRONT Madison Residency Artist Michael Oatman will take a deep dive into his production and direction of FENCES, a play by August Wilson. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning FENCES, examines the cultural, economic, and generational challenges of an African-American, blue-collar, family. Dialog with Oatman and cast, featuring Glenville natives as lead actors, and learn the ins and outs of being a performance artist and playwright.
This program will take place in the setting of the PNC Glenville Art Campus, which includes The Madison, site of FRONT’s Artist Residency program and the FRONT Porch, dedicated programming space in the neighborhood of Glenville. #PNCartscampus / #GlenvilleFRONTporch
This is a free event, space is limited. Reservations are recommended.
Michael Oatman is the former Playwright-In-Residence at Karamu Theater, the oldest African American theater in the country. He is only the second person to hold this honor in the storied history of Karamu, the first being Langston Hughes. In 2011, he won the CPAC Workforce Fellowship and the Cleveland Art Prize in 2010 for Best Emerging Artist and the 2010 Lantern Award for Best Play. He earned an English Degree from Cleveland State University in 2004 and completed his MFA in theater from the Northeastern Ohio Master of Fine Arts Consortium in 2008. He is currently an adjunct instructor in theater at Kent State University and The University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The Madison Residencies are made possible with the support of The Cleveland Foundation and their Creative Fusion Program.