Case Study Discussion on Diversity and Public Relations

Posted on 4/10/2017 2:07:00 PM

HMS Pinaore Dave Wannen 201The Lively Arts will host an open discussion on Cultural Diversity and Awareness, and Public Relations with the Executive Director of the nationally known New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP), David Wannen, at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017. The free forum will be held in Room B11 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building.  It is open to all.

The session will be a case study on the company's 2016 nationally-exposed controversy of producing a new production of The Mikado. A social media firestorm ensued, accusing the company of stereotyping the Japanese culture through design, style, and casting.

This discussion will center on how that challenged the company to address issues of cultural diversity and awareness, and handle some very difficult public relations.

Wannen was extremely active and involved in this national controversy, appearing live on MSNBC and dealing with numerous media outlets. Wannen will discuss the situation, steps the company went through to overcome the backlash, and eventually opening the production this past winter season.

During his visit, Wannen will also conduct an Open Mic April 17, at 7:45 p.m. This visit is in advance of the NYGASP visit to perform their HMS Pinafore, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium.

For more information on the session, email the Lively Arts at, or call 724-357- ARTS (2787).