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Racism has no role to play on stage, back stage or off stage in any school, community or nation.  The Educational Theatre Association, the International Thespian Society, and the Educational Theatre Foundation speak out with communities of color against hate and prejudice wherever it appears.   Our commitment to building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization is an ongoing journey involving our staff, board of directors, members, and friends in the theatre and education fields. If you would like to get involved and help make a difference — through involvement in an initiative or simply sharing your experiences from a DEI perspective — please contact us.  Please go here to learn more about the steps we are taking.

Where do I begin?

Get informed.

Recent events have brought to the forefront the urgent need for educators everywhere to seek resources on how to address racism and marginalization in the classroom, and many have expressed a need to begin by educating themselves first.  A wonderful starting point can be found on the website of the National Art Education Association,  "Black Lives Matter; An Open Letter to Art Educators on Constructing an Anti-Racist Agenda".  This powerful piece is written by Dr. James Haywood Rolling, Jr., Professor of Arts Education at Syracuse University and President-Elect of the National Art Education Association.  Another important work is the Asian American Performer's Action Coalition's study "The Visibility Report - Racial Representation on NYC Stages".  For an informative look at anti-racist theatre practices read "We See You White American Theatre" by The Ground We Stand On coalition.  Another highly recommended resource is the National Museum of African-American History and Culture‚Äôs Talking About Race.  And finally, don't miss this article "Celebrating Diversity is Not Enough" by Susan Santone. 

For more resources - this list of links originally published by the Arts Education Partnership offers a great beginning:

Get inspired. 

Great teaching resources, blogs, professional development, lesson plans and op ed pieces created by people of color may be found on the website Learning for Justice website (formerly Teaching Tolerance). 

Student resources.

Looking for plays or other resources to add to your curriculum?  Here are some links to help you get started; watch for a more complete list coming soon. 

Black Work Broadway tracking plays by people of color on Broadway.  Open Source Scripts Toward an Anti-racist Tomorrow by Idris Goodwin.  Free for production as long as no admittance fee is charged. The Diversity Production Pro Project Vocational training in the trades and skills required for careers in the Artists, Crafts, and Technicians departments of the entertainment industry in alignment with Assembly Bill 1664 Bocanegra/Calderon Film and Television Workforce Development Program. 

Finally, if you are looking for ways to start the conversation with your students; explore social justice theatre.  Social justice theatre resources may be found right here on Theatre Educator Pro.  Archives of webinars on teaching social justice from 2019 and early 2020 are collected below.  Please continue to watch this space as we add links to our Culturally Inclusive Teaching webinars planned for later in the summer of 2020, along with more offerings next season. We hope the live and archived versions of these webinars will make a timely addition to your professional learning. 

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