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State of the South panel discussion presented by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival

A free community event! Join us for the State of the South panel discussion in the GCCA Gallery from 12:00 - 3:00pm, presented by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. 

The focus of the Greenville conversation will be on young artists from the region. This event is a part of the State of the South tour, a project of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Alabama. Artistic Director Rick Dildine has curated a diverse group of Southern playwrights whose work reflects the ever-evolving narrative of the South. One of those playwrights is Fine Arts Center faculty member David Lee Nelson. The tour will make stops in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Tennessee to meet with residents in towns of all sizes. Through one-on-one interviews, group story circles, and town halls, the State of the
South creative team seeks to answer the following questions: 
Who is the South?
What is the South?
Where is the South?
“The face of the American South is changing, and those changes bring with them an opportunity to reassess how we define Southern identity,” said Dildine. “That is why the Alabama Shakespeare Festival is sponsoring this tour of the Southeast. The goal is to
better understand the state of the South and its people and to hear stories of what life in
the South is like today.” The tour begins with a conversation in Montgomery on July 7 and will culminate with a report and short film that will be presented at the October 2018 Southern Writers Festival at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The State of the South report will be used to develop a new vision statement for the Southern Writers Festival. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is among the largest Shakespeare theatres in the world. Designated as The State Theatre of Alabama, ASF has been located in Montgomery since 1985 when it moved from Anniston because of Mr. and Mrs. Wynton M. Blount’s gift of a performing arts complex set in the 250-acre Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park. This program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on the State of the South tour, please contact Katie An Siegel at or visit

Later Event: July 17
Docent Tour