“Token” a new web-series created by Sarah Stephens will hit the inter-webs this spring. A show similar to the popular Canadian TV series “Slings and Arrows”, but with a cast of characters truly as diverse as the world we live in, it’s a step in the right direction as we take the lead in telling our own stories. Arts in Color got an opportunity to speak with Stephens to discuss her inspiration behind the web-series and it’s relevance to our community today.
Arts In Color: What’s the synopsis of the web-series?
Sarah Stephens: “Token” the web-series is about a group of actors who have found a home in the downtown theater scene of New York and are in jeopardy of losing it. They have to dig inside themselves to find their will and fight for it.
AIC: What inspired you to create “Token”?
SS: I was concerned about the way I was seeing African-American woman perceived in media, on the Internet and episodic story telling and I wanted to do something about it because I didn’t necessarily fit into any of those perceptions. I know a lot of African-American woman who don’t and I wanted to create a story told through the eyes of an unconventional African-American type, but during that process I had to really open my eyes and see that this is not just about the African-American perception. It’s about how theater is perceived, it’s about how Asian American’s are perceived, how woman are perceived and I wanted to make a world that’s not far from the world I grew up in. A world that doesn’t comment on the ethnicities of these people in a way that relates to any type of stereotyping.
AIC: Advice to other artists of color?
SS: I think for any artists of color, it is important not to allow the Internet, this industry or society define who you are as an individual. If you want to get your voice out there, kick yourself in the butt and do it because it is unique, it is important and someone wants to hear it.
Meet the cast of ‘Token’ below!
(This interview has been edited and condensed.)
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