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Black Theatre Matters: 201 - Reboot

“Black Theatre Matters” Season 2 begins Feb. 10th

Podcast Press Release

DETROIT, February 7, 2022 — Plowshares Theatre Company, has decided to jump back into the world of podcasting. 

The Detroit-based theatre is relaunching its podcast, “Black Theatre Matters,” on Thursday, February 10th. The first episode of 2022 is entitled “Reboot.” According to the introduction that precedes every episode: “This is a podcast that seeks to begin a conversation around the important issues to Black Theatre and about Black Theatre. Simply put, Black Theatre Matters.”

On the podcast, host Gary Anderson (Plowshares’ Producing Artistic Director) will interview guests from across the theater world; actors, directors, playwrights, and other creatives, as well as “people I’m fascinated by,” Anderson said in promotion of the podcast.

Black Theatre artists, patrons, producers, and educators are encouraged to share information on programming and developments in the field. The show will welcome compelling, informative news articles exploring new works, as well as pieces on historical events, recognition of Black Theatre artists and organizations. Black Theatre Matters will include thoughtful commentary on trending topics, principles of the art form, and ideas underlying Black Theatre.

Topics for Discussion

The first episode of 2022, entitled “Reboot” will look at how Black Theatre is rebooting itself, and live performances for this upcoming season, as well as the rebooting of the American Theatre in 2022. We’re hoping to reach a new audience of listeners and subscribers eager to engage in a discussion about this fantastic performing art form.

Topics for future episodes include Building  Audience After COVID-19; Afro-Latinx Theatre Artists and Black Theatre; Black Theatre in the Third Century; Black August/Black Philanthropy Month; Celebrating Detroit’s Black Theatre History, and Arts Education and Black Theatre.

Gary Anderson says, “Following the experiences of the last two years, the motivation to relaunch this podcast was a no-brainer. Issues of equity, and racial justice, have to inspire us to do some deep thinking and prompt action around everything in Black culture. We can no longer be satisfied with the sporadic acts of inclusion to which we have become accustomed. Launching Black Theatre Matters during Black History Month means we are going to be discussing the past, present, and future of the art form for the remainder of 2022. Buckle up.” 

How to Listen

To listen to the podcast, visit Also, you can subscribe to Black Theatre Matters on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and iHeartRADIO. Follow the show on social media at @blacktheatrematters (Instagram and Facebook) and on Twitter at @BlkTheatreMatrs, or follow the hashtag #BlackTheatreMatters.

Fans of the podcast can get in contact with the show via email ( to provide feedback and ideas for the podcast or to become a guest on the show.

About Plowshares Theatre Company

Plowshares Theatre Company is a not-for-profit, professional live theatre company, dedicated to producing plays that affirm, exhibit, and inspire African American life. Additionally, Plowshares serves as an incubator for the next generation of actors, directors, designers, and playwrights.

Plowshares’ vision begins with the artist and ends with the audience. Our challenge is to nurture both.

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