Educational Theatre Association Statement on Racism
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. Please go here to learn more about the steps we are taking.
Where do I begin?
Where to begin? Get informed.
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’s 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:
- Ibram X. Kendi: How to build an antiracist world
- Let's get to the root of racial injustice | Megan Ming Francis | TEDxRainier
- Keynote Address with Shawn Ginwright, Phd: Discusses the role arts educators need to play in the post-COVID-19 world to support reconnection and healing after this time of uncertainty and isolation.
- Putting Racism on the Table video series by the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
- What is Systemic Racism? Video Series by Race Forward
- Webinar on Abolitionist Teaching in a Global Pandemic featuring Bettina Love
- Cook Ross (DEI Consulting agency) Webinars
Finally, if you are looking for ways to learn more, don't miss the excellent series of DEI webinars right here on EdTA's Learning Center. Then consider starting the conversation with your students by exploring Theatre for Social Justice. Please continue to watch this space as we add links to our Culturally Inclusive Teaching, Social Justice and DEI webinars, an important addition to your professional learning.
EdTA Learning Center Resources
DEI, Culturally Responsive & Inclusive Teaching
Diversity Equity & Inclusion resources for an inclusive classroom.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 08/17/2022 at 7:30 PM (EDT)
Everyone deserves access to quality education. But if you’re like most educators, you may feel ill-equipped to offer meaningful curriculum to your students with disabilities. By the end of this webinar, you’ll gain three researched-based teaching strategies, three activities and four resources you can use to create more inclusive, more effective learning environments for students with developmental differences.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 07/20/2022
This conversation style workshop, for all heritages, shares recent moves to diversify actor training curricula in high schools. Participants will leave with key take-aways from the field of "black acting methods" to help them improve and diversify their classroom materials.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/09/2022
Actor, writer, film-maker and activist Pooya Mohseni shares her experiences as a transgender actor, offering insights into the struggles our students may be living. Learn to make your classroom more inclusive for all by hearing her inspiring story.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 05/10/2022
This training will help drama teachers identify what areas their actors on the spectrum need support with, along with ideas of how to appropriately offer that support. In addition, we will explore how to build an inclusive acting ensemble where everyone is valued and appreciated for their creativity and unique contributions.
Theatre for Social Justice
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 12/08/2020
Ruthie Pincus, Executive Director of Stage the Change, will provide a collection of strategies to lead your students to identify their passions and use their arts voices to create work that makes a difference in their community. This work engages students in a personal way and helps to develop them as empathetic engaged global citizens and artists, eventually becoming artists who understand the power of their young "arts voices."
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate
Learn about Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed and how to teach it in your classroom.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate
Karen S. Watson offers this webinar on theatre for social justice and devising techniques.
- Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 10/24/2019
Bethany Nelson, Emerson College offers this webinar to address the theory underlying the practice of devising theatre. Length: 60 minutes
Plays and Works by People of Color
Looking for plays or other resources to add to your curriculum? Here are some links to help you get started:
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.
BIPOC Playwrights https://tdps.berkeley.edu/bipoc-playwrights
Alternate Canon - curated crowd sourced list of plays from diverse cultures https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HwAHAwU83bW_jSzxbMrqWyyuAYmsOWtqK-7HxKA9yek/mobilebasic?fbclid=IwAR3u2Fp7e_JuAvGHnqjdjlivBxtfqqUIf11W_RKu4hpQXRwSj6-YXdxO1mM#id.b12d9qm89kyv
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