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Essential and Unemployed

We’re so excited to kick off Black History Month with a submission by Ciara Harris discussing the importance of theater and art in our lives, especially during a nation-wide lockdown! Ciara booked her first gig right after graduating from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and has been a force of light and creativity in the world of theater since. Starring in the first national tour of Dear Evan Hansen, Ciara brings truth, justice, and inspiration to her character and to audiences around the country. In her recently published Spark Talk “Essential and Unemployed”, Ciara discusses the issues brought to light during this incredibly tough time in our nation’s history. 

Ciara states that “When you go to the theater and see a piece on stage that has characters that look like you, have the same anxiety as you, or fell in love with someone who didn’t love them back just like you, there is a healing that takes place.” When talking about the under-appreciated necessity of art in the human experience. Artists have been widely left out of the conversation revolving around essential workers during this period of time, but Ciara argues that people need art and the people who create it now more than ever.

“It’s important to see stories written about the human experience because that makes us realize we are a lot more alike than we think we are. This detour 2020 has taken us on has proven that the arts have been the most consumed thing getting us through this time. Benefit concerts streamed online, theater companies hosting play readings, and of course the surprise release of Hamilton on Disney+ so that all of us who have been trying to see the show for the last two years can finally watch it from the comfort of our own home. I mean, can you imagine how much happiness was spread around the world that night brought to you by the very people pursuing a career in theater? These moments have been monumental to people trying to find a bit of light during this very difficult time.”

We couldn’t agree more, Ciara, and we’re so happy you shared this piece with us to help us celebrate Black Excellence in our Broadway Plus community! You can check out Ciara’s incredible Spark Talk for Crossroads Church here (18:04)!

Ciara Harris is available for video shoutouts, meet-and-greets, coaching, and acting lessons. Book now at www.Broadwayplus.com/ciaraharris!