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Beyond the Mask Initiative by Laguardia Performing Arts Center

Beyond the Mask, an initiative founded by Laguardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC), has gathered artists from across the city and around the world to start a conversation and create new work exploring what it means to wear a mask, and how it affects our identity — both on a macro and micro level. Through theatre, dance and music these innovative and groundbreaking artists will lift the veil to reveal their answers to the question we’re all asking right now: What are you hiding behind your mask?

Beyond The Mask has announced their virtual theatre festival as they celebrate MENA artists and invite them to conversations with scholars, experts, panelists and moderators in examination of what it means to create art during a pandemic and how the idea of identity and globalization has evolved in the past year. Through play readings, panel discussions, and moderated talkbacks LPAC calls you to look at crisis, identity and globalization in the times of COVID-19 and ask, “Who are we, where have we been, and where are we going?” You can check out the festival schedule attached below or visit the LPAC website for more info.


Anna de la Rosa is a rising senior at New York University majoring in Media, Culture, and Communication. She has extensive experience in writing, editing, and strategizing for many digital and print publications as well as social media platforms. She is currently writing a newsletter called analog.

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