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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 former President 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, 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.

Theatre for Social Justice

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.

The BIIPOC Playwrights Project
UC Berkeley site makes a wonderful resource for theatre educators looking for more diverse materials.  The site includes playwright profiles with a list of representative plays.  This work in progress is frequently updated.

Black Acting Methods Black Acting Methods studio features online courses, books and resources offered so that actors of all heritages can learn about acting processes and methodologies rooted in Black American culture and tradition. 

The Alternate Canon
Amazing curated crowd sourced list of plays from diverse cultures. 

Native Theatres and Theatre Makers
American Theatre offers this list of native run theatres, theatre makers and their works.

Asian American Theatre Revue
31 Asian American theatre works in one concise list.

50 Playwrights Project
Supports Latin-X theatre with a rich site including lists of plays, playwright interviews and more.

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