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. 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?
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 TE Pro. 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.
Theatre Educator Pro Resources
DEI & Culturally Responsive Teaching
Unearthing Our BiasContains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 08/26/2021
Join the dialogue as we workshop methods to dismantle bias in educational theatre.
Introduction to Equity-Based VocabularyContains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 07/27/2021
An exploration of important vocabulary to help us move towards being anti-racist.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Panel: Theatre for Social ChangeContains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/25/2021
Hear from a diverse panel of theatre practitioners, educators and researchers in an exploration of theatre as an agent for social change. Consider how theatre practice, theatre works, and theatre education connect to goals for equity, diversity and inclusion. Come away with ideas you can use to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in your troupe or school.
Leveling the Playing Field: Finding Talented Musical Theatre Students in Diverse PopulationsContains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/23/2021
Dig deep into research and practical advice on how to continually grow programs to include students in diverse populations.
Teaching LGBTQIA+ TheatreContains 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate Recorded On: 06/21/2021
Gain tools to expose students to diverse, queer voices in the classroom and rehearsal room. Learn more about inclusive language and pedagogy, and how to best support LGBTQIA+ students.
Theatre for Social Justice
"Stage the Change" - Social Justice Through a Playwriting Based CurriculumContains 2 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."
Theatre of the OppressedContains 3 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 3 Component(s), Includes Certificate
Karen S. Watson offers this webinar on theatre for social justice and devising techniques.
Devising as Constructivist Teaching PracticeContains 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; 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.
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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