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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:

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. 

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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