“The Theme is Blackness” Festival was recently curated by Duke’s Theater Studies faculty. The event is a way to encourage diversity in theater. The number of minority students who participate in Duke’s Theater programs is approximately 10 percent and the department has not had any black directors of plays over the last 15 years. This year, the festival premiered a play produced by a black director and used a NC Arts Council grant to foster black stage designers. The festivals plays are intended to celebrate blackness and push audiences to consider issues of race.