My Own Directions

A Black Man’s Journey in the American Theatre

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About the Book

A life in the theatre is often well described as a rollercoaster ride, with all the excitement and occasional anguish that come with the highs and lows. The author’s journey in the American Theatre has been amplified even further by his experience a Black man who has frequently been “one of the few”, “the first” or even “the only.” His satisfying and rewarding directing career has been full of rewards and opportunities as well as huge challenges and frustrations, along with the anger that has come from being “chased by race” for so many years. Much of the author’s experience comes from two-decades of tenure as Artistic Director of Pasadena Playhouse, one of the oldest and well-known theatres in America, and for a time early in his career, one of the whitest.
This is the unique story of how the author came into leadership at Pasadena Playhouse after a successful career directing on Broadway, in London and at theatres all over the world. In intimate detail, it relates how the theatre was radically changed and reignited by his leadership, including his insistence on making diversity a priority both onstage and off. It is the very personal story of a person who wanted his race to be recognized, but never used as a limitation or a reason to be less than fully respected. In many ways, this memoir tells the story of what people of color in America must face repeatedly to make their lives matter.

About the Author(s)

Sheldon Epps has directed major productions on and off Broadway, in London and at many of the major theatres across America. In addition, he has had an active television career helming some of the most classic shows in recent years. He was the artistic director of the renowned Pasadena playhouse for two decades, and currently serves as senior artistic advisor at historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic Details

Sheldon Epps
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8858-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4613-8
Imprint: McFarland