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. We care about the safety and well being of black people and the right to live free from racism and injustice. We see you. We respect you. We stand with you.
Social Justice - where do I begin?
Recent events have prompted educators everywhere to seek resources on how to address these subjects in the classroom, and many have expressed a need to begin by educating themselves first. A wonderful starting point for blogs, professional development, lesson plans and op ed pieces created by people of color is the website Teaching Tolerance, especially their Black Lives Matter page.
Another wonderful resource can be found on the website of the National Art Education Association, which is home to "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.
If you are looking for plays by people of color to add to your curriculum, don't miss the Black Work Broadway website.
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.
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.
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