Leaders of Color Speaker Series


The Leaders of Color Institute (LOCI) is a space for emerging and established leaders of color to Gather, Grow, Guide, and Generate! together in the late fall/early winter every year.

AATE’s Speaker Series,  open to ALL (BIPOC, GM, and allies alike), grows conversations sparked by LOCI year-round. The Speaker Series, a keynote or panel discussion, provides a space to hear from leaders of color in our field, spotlighting current topics of importance. After each Speaker Series, we invite attendees to reflect and connect in affinity group spaces to continue generating dialogue and opportunities for connection.


Claudia de Vasco
Tuesday, August 15th at 7-8:30pm (EDT)

Claudia de Vasco's career as an Arts manager, creative, and industry change-maker has been navigated by her mission to transform communities through arts and culture, and to continue the legacy of storytelling as an integral part of the human experience, for entertainment, advocacy, education, inspiration, and connection. She has spent the last two decades working in the US and abroad. Currently she is a Collaborator with Creative Evolutions, is an ecosystem of human-centered thinkers, innovators, and collaborators operating in the cultural and creative industries, and continues to work as a consultant and creative in the theater industry. She worked as the Executive Artistic Director of The Public Theater of San Antonio, serving as the first Latine leader in the theater’s 100 year history. Prior to this position she launched the Department of Cultural Integrity at BrickHouse as an effort to legitimize and advocate for cultural workers in the Arts. She led Emerging Arts Leader/LA as Managing Director and led the organization through a merging process with Arts for LA, solidifying her work as an arts leader and mentor. Prior to her trajectory in arts management, she worked as a creative in theater, tv, and film, which included over a decade-long career of teaching acting and accents in Hollywood, Theatre, and Academia with clients ranging from celebrities to young artists. Her experience working in politics, community organizing, and marketing has informed her work as a change-maker, leader, and advocate in American theatre. She is a member of activist group The Kilroys, Current Fellow in the DeVos Institute of Arts Management Global Arts Management Fellowship, Cohort 8 Latina Leadership Institute, AEA, SAG/AFTRA, and a San Antonio Area Foundation Equity Fellow. She was a Jerome Foundation Many Voices Fellow in 2006 and the first Latine graduate of the Guthrie Theatre/U of MN training program. In 2022 she was named 100 Influential Texans to know by American Business Journals. Claudia is a proud Tejana, first generation Mexican-American, and mother of two, a lived experience that not only informs the purpose and values in her work, but also reflects the style she brings to arts leadership.

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