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Take a deeper look,
one conversation at a time. 

This new web series will feature interviews with the artists and creators behind UrbanArias’ productions on stage and screen, including composers, librettists, singers, directors, designers, and UrbanArias Founder, Artistic Director, and Conductor Robert Wood.

The final episode of each series will feature the creative teams in a panel discussion with leaders of regional non-profit organizations whose missions align with the themes of the project.


UrbanArias/sampled –

dwb (driving while black)

  • Episode 4: Making an Impact – a panel discussion featuring artists from the previous three episodes joined by members of Arlington for Justice and Black Parents of Arlington in a discussion of the connection between social movements and the arts.

  • Episode 3: Making the Film – an interview with the creative team behind dwb (driving while black), Art Director Camry A’Keen and Director/Choreographer Du’Bois A’Keen of A’KEEN Brand

  • Episode 2: Making the Music – an interview with Robert Wood and Soprano Karen Slack, star of UrbanArias’ dwb (driving while black).

  • Episode 1: Making the Opera
    UrbanArias Executive Director Anne-Carolyn Bird interviews Susan Kander & Roberta Gumbel, the composer and librettist of dwb (driving while black): how they met, how their opera came to be, and their inspiration as artists and mothers.