The BIPOC Critics Lab Will Launch First Cohort at The Public Theater | Playbill

Industry News The BIPOC Critics Lab Will Launch First Cohort at The Public Theater

Founder Jose Solís will partner with the Off-Broadway company this summer to create an educational space for BIPOC writers with an interest in cultural criticism.

Following a two-year collaboration with The Kennedy Center, The BIPOC Critics Lab will launch its first cohort at The Public Theater this summer. Founder Jose Solís will collaborate with The Public to create an educational program for BIPOC writers pursuing cultural criticism. 

Sessions for the lab will begin in July with The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet, and will continue through the rest of The Public's 2023-2024 season. The program will follow a hybrid model, with some sessions online and some in-person. Applicants living in or near the tri-state area will be prioritized. 

Since the BIPOC Critics Lab began three years ago, 30 BIPOC critics have had their works published through assignments for the program, and many have gone on to find success as freelance writers. A first-of-its-kind program, The BIPOC Critics Lab was founded in 2020 by Solís in hopes of facilitating a space for BIPOC writers who may not have felt welcome in the landscape of cultural criticism due to systematic oppression, lack of representation in the field, or lack of opportunity. For the last two years, The Kennedy Center has hosted the BIPOC Critics Lab online as a part of the American College Theater Festival.

“Throughout our partnership with the Lab over the past three years, we have had the opportunity to work with Jose Solís and amplify his mission as we work to give space to and commission the next generation of cultural critics, a commitment that directly aligns with our organization-wide Cultural Transformation Plan. Hosting the Lab is a perfect next step in supporting Solís’s vital work as we continue to champion diversity within arts journalism and the theater industry as a whole," says Public Theater Executive Director Patrick Willingham.

Applicants who are chosen to participate will receive offers in mid-June. For more information and to apply, visit

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