The Stono Rebellion is the launching point for the 30-minute Step Afrika! production, which required the company to step into a new realm and figure out how to take it from the stage to the screen. It came with a steep learning curve, and more such projects will roll out before the April performance of “Drumfolk” in Iowa City. Exploring the virtual world is a key component for arts organizations right now, and Williams said a big part of his job is supporting the artists. He’s proud that he’s been able to keep the company’s more than 16 full-time artists employed and active during the pandemic — which isn’t easy when relying on donations, foundations and grants to continue while the stage lights are out.


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