Radical Design: a Q, POC, and QPOC designers meet up with Philly’s Theater Makers
About Radical Design
Radical Design is a 2 hour happy hour where Q, POC, and QPOC designers can meet with local artistic directors eager to expand their pool of designers.
The Philadelphia Design Center, The Bearded Ladies, Directors Gathering (DG), Power Street Theatre, Simpatico Theatre, and Theatre Philadelphia are teaming up to encourage equity and inclusion in the design community in Philadelphia with an event during Theatre Week. We are pooling resources to bring queer designers and designers of color from the area and surrounding cities to come to Philadelphia and meet with local artistic directors, producers, and directors. The goal is to increase the visibility of these designers and to connect them directly with theater makers and leaders in the city.
Designers tend to be hired by word of mouth and through personal relationships. If theaters, and theater leaders wish to expand their pool of designers, it can be difficult to do so through only websites and Google sheets. Radical Design seeks to connect designers from queer and POC communities directly with the makers and theater leaders in Philadelphia. It’s like a first date, but we did all the messaging, profile building, and virtual flirting for you.
This project assumes that the Philadelphia Theatre community is on a journey towards being more heterogeneous, equitable, and inclusive. The team behind Radical Design hopes to contribute to this journey by supporting radical designers in and outside of the city.