Getting Played: Second Annual Symposium on Equity in the Entertainment Industry and Awards

Sponsored by Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford Arts Office of the Associate Dean


Saturday, February 27, 2016
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building (355 Roth Way)

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The day before the Oscars on February 27, 2016, the public is invited to join experts from the fields of entertainment, psychology, education, law, and social justice for Getting Played, the Second Annual Symposium on Equity in the Entertainment Industry and Awards. The Keynote Address will be delivered by Amy Pietz (“Caroline in the City”) with Closing Remarks by Dr. Adam Banks (Director, Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR), Stanford University). Panelists include Adrienne Anderson (International Black Women’s Film Festival), Guy Aoki (Media Action Network for Asian Americans), Fontana Butterfield (Yeah, I Said Feminist), Marissa Lee (, Michael Mohammed (San Francisco Conservatory of Music), Adam Moore (SAG-AFTRA), Charlotte Tate (Department of Psychology, San Francisco State University), and Adam Tobin (Film & Media Studies Program, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University).

Moderated by PWR Lecturer Kathleen Tarr, Getting Played is based upon her 2010 feature length documentary of the same name, both the Symposium and film exploring inequitable treatment in the Industry from acting and directing to writing and producing. To honor individuals who contribute to Industry equity in their day to day lives, the Symposium concludes with the presentation of awards that recognize important but typically under-celebrated contributions. Previous recipients have refused to audition as stereotypes, refused to rewrite scripts to create White leads, limited exposure to inequitable productions by, e.g., not watching certain television shows, and created opportunities for underrepresented Industry workers to share their projects and creativity with larger audiences. 2016 Symposium awardees are Maria Giese (director/screenwriter), Natalie Leonard (attorney, State Bar of California), Roger Tang (producer/playwright), and Karen Zacarías (playwright) with one special award announced at the event. 

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