What does “diversity” mean to you and the creative industry? When we celebrate the increasingly diverse representations on screen, we must remember there is still so much to do when it comes to diversity and inclusion behind the camera. Audiences are invited for a conversation with Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning co-creator, executive producer, director, and writer of the FX drama series POSE, Steven Canals, and Film & Digital Media Professor L.S. Kim, with expertise on television history and theory, racial discourse, and feminist criticism, about mobilizing creative interventions for social change. We will talk to Steven about his past and current professional pathways and how he translated his lived experience into a screenplay and, finally, a seminal drama series that advocates for the LGBTQ community.
STEVEN CANALS is the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award winning co-creator, executive producer, director and writer of the FX drama series, POSE. He is currently directing episodically for FX and Netflix, while developing projects that center the voices and stories of historically marginalized/underrepresented communities under his Story Ave. Productions banner.
Moderated by: L.S. Kim, film + digital media professor
Introduced by: Celine Parreñas Shimizu, dean of arts distinguished professor