17 January 2013 11:09 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Cultivating diversity will be on the agenda at this year’s Directors Lab West, an eight-day workshop for theater professionals hosted by the Pasadena Playhouse. Growing the ranks of women and minorities in theater has been an ongoing concern in Los Angeles, where critics have said Asian-American, African-American, and Latino actors and dramatists have limited opportunities despite the area’s diversity. Last October, East West Players (Ewp), an Asian-American theater organization based in L.A., held a forum on race politics that brought out some of the top artistic directors in Southern California. Now, said Kappy Kilburn, a member of the Directors Lab West steering committee, “we’ll try to continue that conversation, but we’ll also talk about gender diversity, age diversity—we’ll be doing a lot of exploring along those lines.” Directors Lab West, which began in 2000 as an offshoot of Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab, »

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