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Serenbe Playhouse Founder part of MAGA Mob

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https://twitter.com/robertmathisok/status/1347591592446750720?s=19

The twitter thread above details Brian Clowdus' recent journey from founder and director of the acclaimed Serenbe Playhouse outside of Atlanta to vocal Trump supporter on social media.

Serenbe is widely known as the outdoor theater company that used a real helicopter in Miss Saigon.

The thread also has a link to an article detailing the many claims of POC who experienced discrimination at the company, as well as safety concerns.

In June of 2020, the company shut down, claiming that they would work to rebuild a more inclusive space. This struck me at the time as being awfully convenient timing, seeing as how they probably wouldn't be able to operate during the pandemic anyway. Indeed, the article also sites they were operating at a loss, which might have more to do with why they shut down, rather than the desire to make a more inclusive space for theater. Clowdus had already left the company in Fall of 2019.

Updated On: 1/9/21 at 03:29 PM
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Oh yes, this has been quite the saga for those of us familiar with Clowdus' role in the industry. 

As you point out at the end of your post, it's important to emphasize that Clowdus had already left Serenbe when all of this came out. They decided to wipe the slate clean and take accountability for the stain of toxic culture that he left behind. Meanwhile Clowdus himself has only doubled down on his horrific views, and has brushed off all of the criticism with his philosophy of "ignoring the haters" and "leading with peace and love" and "ignoring the woke police" and all of the usual bullsh*t people use to deflect accountability for their actions. 

It's also essential to note that while he may have departed his role at Serenbe, his own for-profit theatre company "Brian Clowdus Experiences" is still operational (if not for the COVID shutdown), and he is still very much the driving force of that company. 

Updated On: 1/9/21 at 03:42 PM
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Hes apparently friends with Jordan Craig who played Raoul on the recent Phantom tour. Jordan had a bunch of MAGA crap in 2016-2017 then deleted it all eventually and made it private . Though in recent 2020 days, he keeps liking Brians gross tweets and anti mask crap with other MAGa retweets/likes but no actual tweets . He even liked one recently making fun of a health department closing down a restaurant in CA for not following Covid protocalls . His fb even has a public post that people have the right on wearing a mask??. His IG where all the fans follow has nothing political at all but shows him and his wife with groups of people without masks. Looks like after they came home from visiting family in Russia, they went partying in Vegas and didn't quarantine. .

 

Also, Clowdus ' new company is supposed to be a "MAGA Company " to perform shows appealing to that audience.  I also noticed Clowdus had Michael Urie on his podcast recently. I thought he was a liberal???

Updated On: 1/9/21 at 05:18 PM
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Sickening to learn, but I appreciate being kept informed. Please 2021, in the end be happier than 2020! Follow Michelle's "Be Better" not Melania's "Be Best."

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Posted: 1/11/21 at 10:53am

MannPhan24601 said: "Also, Clowdus ' new company is supposed to be a "MAGA Company " to perform shows appealing to that audience. I also noticed Clowdus had Michael Urie on his podcast recently. I thought he was a liberal???"

Wh...wha...what?????

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Posted: 1/11/21 at 11:53am
Owen22 said: "MannPhan24601 said: "Also, Clowdus ' new company is supposed to be a "MAGA Company " to perform shows appealing to that audience. I also noticed Clowdus had Michael Urie on his podcast recently. I thought he was a liberal???"

Wh...wha...what?????
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It looks like that was in last April, which was before Clowdus's re-branding of himself as a wannabe MAGA influencer and before the details of his leaving Serenbe were understood. Before this summer, Clowdus didn't really engage in any public discussion of politics, and the issues with his leadership at Serenbe were not public knowledge.

Clowdus absolutely should be treated as a pariah. Even during his tenure at Serenbe, he put his own profile above the safety of his performers. During his tenure, he created an extremely toxic work environment with allegations that go beyond racism (read between the lines here).

Once he was run out of the Atlanta area, he hightailed it to Florida and very quickly re-emerged as a full-throated MAGA groupie. The speed at which he did this is head-spinning. He deserves no place in the theater industry.

"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."
Updated On: 1/11/21 at 11:53 AM
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Posted: 1/11/21 at 11:59am

Yep. Here's the post promoting Urie:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_gzqk2j9Sp/

"This thread reads like a series of White House memos." — Mister Matt
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Posted: 1/11/21 at 12:11pm
Well if he actually went into the Capitol building he'll have bigger things to worry about than being cancelled online for taking a picture with a cosplaying shaman.
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Posted: 1/11/21 at 12:13pm

I know this was just said by Kad (and linked by Lizzie), but I just think it's very important to emphasize again that Michael Urie wouldn't have known at the time about all this bad stuff around Clowdus. Urie should not be sucked into this mess. 

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Posted: 1/11/21 at 12:53pm
Agreed.

He’s gross. I mean, look at his production of hair where the leads all have waxed chests! Like... did you read the script?!
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Posted: 1/11/21 at 5:27pm

Kad said: "Owen22 said: "MannPhan24601 said: "Also, Clowdus ' new company is supposed to be a "MAGA Company " to perform shows appealing to that audience. I also noticed Clowdus had Michael Urie on his podcast recently. I thought he was a liberal???"

Wh...wha...what?????
"

It looks like that was in last April, which was before Clowdus's re-branding of himself as a wannabe MAGA influencer and before the details of his leaving Serenbe were understood. Before this summer, Clowdus didn't really engage in any public discussion of politics, and the issues with his leadership at Serenbe were not public knowledge.

Clowdus absolutely should be treated as a pariah. Even during his tenure at Serenbe, he put his own profile above the safety of his performers. During his tenure, he created an extremely toxic work environment with allegations that go beyond racism (read between the lines here).

Once he was run out of the Atlanta area, he hightailed it to Florida and very quickly re-emerged as a full-throated MAGA groupie. The speed at which he did this is head-spinning. He deserves no place in the theater industry.
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Atlanta does not miss him. We're glad he's gone.

 

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Posted: 1/11/21 at 7:48pm

JBroadway said: "I know this was just said by Kad (and linked by Lizzie), but I just think it's very important to emphasize again that Michael Urie wouldn't have known at the time about all this bad stuff around Clowdus. Urie should not be sucked into this mess."

Michael is a sweetheart, and a person who (as evidenced by his ubiquitous presence on the covid internet, especially early on) very rarely says no to anyone in the theatre who asks him to do something. It is inconceivable that he knew what this ogre was, or that he would knowingly associate with him. And yes he is a progressive liberal. PS this was in April.