Footnotes is the story of New York in the Roaring Twenties and the first Broadway show (Shuffle Along) with an all-Black cast and creative team to achieve success—and its impact on our popular culture.
Amidst a culture actively whitewashing, controlling, or trying to prevent their stories from being told, these artists changed the course of American entertainment. This groundbreaking group of performers and the creators (including composer Eubie Blake and lyricist Noble Sissle) sowed the seeds of the Harlem jazz scene and paved the way for people of color on stage and screen, ultimately leading to productions such as West Side Story, Black Panther, and, of course, Hamilton.
Author and journalist Caseen Gaines has written for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and NY Mag. He holds an MA from Rutgers University in American Studies, focusing on racial representations in popular culture. He is the award-winning author of several books that explore the lasting impact of significant moments in art and entertainment. His work has been praised by media outlets around the world, including NPR, The Hollywood Reporter, and Esquire.
Caseen directs theater and teaches literature and writing, drama, journalism and a course on race and representation at a high school in New Jersey, where he lives.
Count Stovall is a director, actor, producer, and teacher who has enjoyed a career spanning over 53 years on stage, television, and screen. His Broadway credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Driving Miss Daisy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Philadelphia Story, and Inacent Black, as well as numerous Off-Broadway productions. On film he has appeared in Jack Goes Boating; A Nick In Time, The Dig, King Arthur & The Count: a Documentary (Sixty years of Blacks on Broadway), and A Man of His Time. His numerous television appearances include "Madame Secretary," "The Good Wife," "Law & Order," and many more. Count is a member of Ensemble Studio Theater and the Actors Studio, as well as a three-time AUDELCO Recognition Award recipient.