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. One of our core values is that people matter.
Where do I begin?
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 Ar 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, shares a personal perspective along with concrete actions arts educators can take. Another highly recommended resource is the National Museum of African-American History and Culture’s Talking About Race.
Great teaching resources, blogs, professional development, lesson plans and op ed pieces created by people of color may be found on the website Teaching Tolerance, especially their Black Lives Matter page.
Looking for plays by people of color to add to your curriculum? Here are two websites 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.
And 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.
Theatre Educator Pro Resources
Color Conscious CastingContains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 10/15/2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)
Lindsay Kujawa from Re: Theatre explores color conscious casting in educational settings.
Race, Equity, and Inclusion in Musical Theatre EducationContains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Includes a Live Web Event on 09/28/2020 at 7:30 PM (EDT)
Learn more about ways to address diversity, equity and inclusion within your musical theatre program.
Master Class: Culturally Inclusive TeachingContains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/18/2020
Learn to reframe your understanding of culturally proficient learning activities and shift to culturally literate practices.
Let's Talk Culturally Inclusive TeachingContains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/12/2020
Join a panel of experts from New Hampshire as they share their insights on culturally inclusive teaching and diversity and equity through the lens of the work happening in their state, in response to the question: How can we as individuals and organizations contribute to a more inclusive and culturally competent learning environment?
Theatre of the OppressedContains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate
Learn about Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed and how to teach it in your classroom.
Bringing Human Rights and Social Justice into the ClassroomContains 2 Component(s), Includes Certificate
Karen S. Watson offers this webinar on theatre for social justice and devising techniques.
Devising as Constructivist Teaching PracticeContains 2 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
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