"Inclusive Collective” Podcast Dives into Cultural Competencies in Theatre With DeWanda Smith Soeder"

On this week's episode, co-hosts Nadia Butt and Rob Hadley are joined by Smith Soeder to discuss topics like the ways cultural issues collide in wigs, wardrobe and makeup, and much more.

"Inclusive Collective” Podcast Dives into Cultural Competencies in Theatre With DeWanda Smith Soeder"
This episode's guest, DeWanda Smith Soeder, is a DEI specialist who aids theatrical organizations, creatives and artists build culturally authentic organizations, productions and stage experiences.

The “Inclusive Collective” podcast, co-hosted by Nadia Butt and Rob Hadley, illuminates the complexities around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the business world. Each week, Butt and Hadley welcome a different guest to the show to explore and celebrate the guest’s industry of expertise, sharing perspectives from those who advocate for change. Invited guests include leaders, teams and experts in various industries who share the ways they strive to implement inclusive workplaces, whether within the business world or everyday interpersonal interactions.

On this week’s episode, Butt and Hadley welcome theater DEI expert DeWanda Smith Soeder to talk about the cultural competencies needed to create and run a theatrical production. The hosts and their guest also discuss how cultural issues collide in wigs, wardrobe and makeup, as well as lessons for other creative spaces.

Later in the episode, the co-hosts discuss the NFL's New England Patriots' new head coach's take on why "seeing color" is important before Hadley takes the listener back to Utah for more anti-DEI chicanery.  Finally, Butt and Hadley finish the episode with a rant about a Democratic presidential candidate's cash-inspired change of heart on DEI and a rave about the FAA's new accessibility regulations.

The latest episode of “Inclusive Collective” — titled “A Football Coach Pushes Back on ‘Color-Blindness,’ Utah’s Anti-DEI Bill, and Cultural Consultant for the Theatre, DeWanda Smith Soeder” — is available now. Listen below or wherever you get your podcasts.

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