Join award-winning actor and playwright Mike Wiley and nationally known thought leaders for a series of virtual conversations examining issues of race, justice, and social equity.
Our Higher Ground Conversations continue January 20th with a very special program featuring filmmaker, musician and activist Bree Newsome Bass.
Watch this space for more information on upcoming guests.
Register below in the Distinguished Speakers section and join us January 20th, 2022 at 7:00pm.
Filmmaker | Activist | Musician
Bree Newsome Bass is an American filmmaker, musician, speaker, and activist from North Carolina. She is best known for her act of civil disobedience on June 27, 2015, when she was arrested for removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state house grounds in the aftermath of the Charleston Shooting.
All Higher Ground Conversations are free and open to the public. We are accepting donations in our virtual tip jar to cover the costs of the series and continue to attract quality guests in the future. We certainly appreciate and value your support.
September 17, 2020 | John Biewen – WATCH NOW!
October 15, 2020 | Dr. Rupert Nacoste – WATCH NOW!
November 19, 2020 | Young People’s Program – WATCH NOW!
December 17, 2020 | Dr. Heather Thompson – WATCH NOW!
January 21, 2021 | Daniele McGuire – WATCH NOW!
February 18, 2021 | Dr. David Cecelski – WATCH NOW!
March 18, 2021 | Loki Mulholland
April 7, 2021 | Dr. William Darity & Kirsten Mullen
August,26, 2021 | Joan Trumpaur Mulholland & Hezekiah Watkins – WATCH NOW!
September 16, 2021 | Reverend Carolyn McKinstry – WATCH NOW!
October 21, 2021 | Father Michael Lapsley – WATCH NOW!
We’re hoping to get back on the road in 2022. Join our mailing list to learn more.
“If the house is to be set in order, one cannot begin with the present, he must begin with the past.” – John Hope Franklin
Mike Wiley Productions is a driving force in the development and promotion of documentary theatre. Led by actor and playwright, Mike Wiley, the company’s plays span the worlds of Emmett Till, Henry “Box” Brown, Jackie Robinson and more. Each work in the company’s repertoire is designed to inspire audiences to examine America’s racial history, teach the lessons of the past and encourage the application of these truths to the present.
Through his performances, Wiley has introduced countless students and communities to the legacies of Emmett Till, Henry “Box” Brown and more. His recent works include a one-man play based on Tim Tyson’s memoir Blood Done Sign My Name and The Parchman Hour, an ensemble production celebrating the bravery and determination of the Freedom Riders who risked their lives to desegregate Southern interstate bus travel in 1961.
Mike Wiley has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was the 2010 and 2014 Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professor in Documentary Studies and American Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most recently he was named a Distinguished Alumni of UNC-Chapel Hill and was the recipient of the 2020 Ann Atwater Theater Award, recognizing Triangle theater artists whose body of work reflects and honors Ann Atwater’s lifelong commitment to activism for social justice.
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