Episode 03: “Strong” Leadership, Social Justice Theater, and Unplugging with Free Street’s Karla Estela Rivera

For 51 years, Free Street has been creating original, joyful, and thought-provoking theater by, for, about, with, and in Chicago’s diverse communities. In this episode of the Defy Convention Podcast, we speak with Executive Director of Free Street Theater, Karla Estela, about the power of authentic and inclusive storytelling in amplifying social justice, how she is redefining what it means to be a “strong leader” in the midst of a pandemic, and the importance of remembering to pause, reflect and reconnect with what is real.

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  • Twitter: @kestelarivera
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