jakub | May 24, 2023

AMERICAN THEATRE | Theatrical Mustang: Amber Scales on Activism and Acting


Amber Scales.

American Theatre is proud to be the venue for Theatrical Mustang, an independently produced podcast from actor-writer-activist Woodzick. Each month they’ll bring listeners interviews with unbridled talent and cultural trailblazers from across the country.

This month they talk to Amber Scales (she/her), a storyteller and social impact strategist working to build community, entrench equity, and foster restorative justice. A daughter of the Deep South, Amber’s work is based in the resistance practices and freedom dreams of Black folks who have always produced stories that save lives. She holds a B.A. in public relations and an M.A. in communication studies from the University of Alabama, where her research investigated the arts as a vehicle for reconciliation in landscapes of contested public memory and the role of the women and girls in cultural and political rhetorical production.

Amber believes wholeheartedly in the power of thoughtful storytelling and performance to create a better, more just society, and has worked creatively to do so at Fair Fight Action, Stacey Abrams for Governor, and the Kennedy Center. With a personal arts practice as an actor, writer, and teaching artist, Amber uses both her professional and personal work as avenues to empower marginalized creatives and support the acts of creation needed to foster positive change in vulnerable populations.

You can also listen to the episode here.

The Theatrical Mustang podcast is edited by CJ Higgins (they/them). Music by The Morgens using Citizen DJ Project, Library of Congress, National Jukebox.

This podcast is dedicated to the memory of Barton Cole, who coined the phrase “Theatrical Mustang.”

You can listen to episodes 1-138 of the Theatrical Mustang Podcast here. You can email us at theatricalmustang@gmail.com or send a tweet to @TheatricalM.

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