Giving marginalized communities a voice


Aris Hines has big plans. From joining the Peace Corps to starting his own production
company.

Aris Hines

It’s all part of his drive to give a voice to people who, all too often, don’t have
one. “I want to focus on stories that aren’t usually told,” says the playwright, “stories
about minority communities . . . stories about people who are marginalized.”

As a theatre arts major at Towson University, the senior is building the skills and connections to do just
that.

In spring 2018, his play “X-Ray,” exploring attitudes about slavery and racism, was
staged at CCBC Essex in a grouping with four other short works billed as “the Uprising
Plays.” That same piece was selected to be workshopped and produced — with professional
actors — at New York’s famed The Acting Company, whose artistic director Ian Belknap ’06 partners with TU to offer an abundance of
professional development opportunities for theatre students.


Having the opportunity to meet other people in the industry not only propels you as
a student but also propels you as an artist.

Aris Hines

These kinds of breaks, says Hines, are critical to making it in the competitive theater
realm.

“Having the opportunity to meet other people in the industry not only propels you
as a student but also propels you as an artist.”

READ:  https://events.towson.edu/stephens_hall

But connections only work if your product is top-notch.

Hines credits TU faculty mentors with helping him hone his skills in writing and directing.

One is professor David White, who teaches playwriting and coordinates the theatre studies track. He is a faculty
adviser for an independent study in which Hines is working on his next play.

Hines appreciates how White and other faculty challenge him. “They really push me
to make sure I’m doing good stuff.”

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