Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Content that tackles theatre's quest to become an equitable and inclusive field for all.

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Livestreaming the National Performance Network 2018 Annual Conference
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Livestreaming the National Performance Network 2018 Annual Conference

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Friday 14 December to Sunday 16 December 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Gender Explosion Forum
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The Gender Explosion Forum

Creating a Space for Gender Diverse Theatre

Tuesday 20 November 2018
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Still Here, Still Enraged
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Still Here, Still Enraged

A Manifesto

by Joanna Lugo, Leah Harris
15 November 2018
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Livestreaming the National Performance Network 2018 Annual Conference
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Livestreaming the National Performance Network 2018 Annual Conference

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Friday 14 December to Sunday 16 December 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The National Performance Network presents their Annual Conference 2018 livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Friday-Sunday 14-16 December.

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The Gender Explosion Forum
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The Gender Explosion Forum

Creating a Space for Gender Diverse Theatre

Tuesday 20 November 2018
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

StageSource in Boston presented the Gender Explosion Forum—a moderated panel discussion on ways to foster gender diversity in the New England theatre community—livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Tuesday 20 November 2018 at 6:30 p.m. EST (Boston) / 5:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PST (Vancouver) / 23:30 UTC +0 (London).

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Still Here, Still Enraged
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Still Here, Still Enraged

A Manifesto

15 November 2018

Joanna Lugo and Leah Harris use Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions as a framework to speak out about gender inequalities they've notice in the theatre community, and call on the larger theatre community to fight for gender parity. 

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When a Show Gets Cancelled, Make Art Anyway
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When a Show Gets Cancelled, Make Art Anyway

14 November 2018

Arizona State University student Ricky Quintana talks about taking his education into his own hands—by devising his own show—after a school production was cancelled earlier this year due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Eurocentrism is the new colonial by Fabio Roberto Tolledi and Nora Amin
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Eurocentrism is the new colonial by Fabio Roberto Tolledi and Nora Amin

IETM Munich Plenary Meeting 2018

Saturday 3 November 2018
Munich, Germany

Whether European artists and professionals struggle against it or play along with it, Eurocentrism—in other words, post-colonialism—is undoubtedly influencing artistic production and shaping art dissemination networks. Will Europe overcome its colonial past and think outside its box? Can Europe be part of the world and not consider its values and aesthetic as universal? Can Europe relate to other cultures by different means other than exotism and cultural appropriation?

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They call me an artist by Liwaa Yazji and Ramzi Maqdisi
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They call me an artist by Liwaa Yazji and Ramzi Maqdisi

IETM Munich Plenary Meeting 2018

Friday 2 November 2018
Munich, Germany

How can there be meaningful work on a diverse society if ensembles and programes don’t reflect the diversity of the societies they are a part of? How can artists make any knowledgeable statement about their society, if their teams are not as diverse as society is? How do we stop casting or programing of migrant artists only because of their migrant backgrounds? Artists just want to be artists. Or should they use their specific origins to an even greater extent to make their voices heard?

What If
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What If

The JUBILEE’s Vision of Unity and Action

24 October 2018

Rachel Grossman and Kirk Lynn announce the JUBILEE, a year-long nationwide festival in 2020/20201 that asks companies to commit to producing a season of work by artists who have been traditionally excluded from the American theatre.

Diversity for Dummies Part Two
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Diversity for Dummies Part Two

Why The Best Intentions Sometimes Fail

9 October 2018

Director Ralph Peña writes about the importance of beginning every project from a place of inclusion, rather than relying on retroactive "diversity initiatives."

Men and Women and Non-Binary People On Boats
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Men and Women and Non-Binary People On Boats

Exploring New Styles of Gender Diversity

26 September 2018

Theatremaker Sloth Levine uses the casting conceit in Jaclyn Backhaus’s play Men On Boats as a jumping off point to explore gender diversity in casting.

When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible
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When the Invisible Illness Becomes Visible

30 August 2018

Dramaturg Sara Brookner interviews actor/director Megan Simcox about equitable casting, and why they founded ACTive Roles Theatre Company.

Casting An Actor with Albinism
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Casting An Actor with Albinism

The Importance of Authenticity On Stage

2 August 2018

Playwright and scholar Julie Taiwo Oni reflects on the experience of casting an actor with albinism for her play Chisel, and discusses why authentic casting is worth the work.

When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch
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When the Pen is Mightier Than the Casting Couch

8 July 2018

Emily Snyder encourages playwrights to write juicy, complex characters for people who have not historically been cast in leading roles.

Dramaturgical Work with College-Aged Artists around Race and Whiteness
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Dramaturgical Work with College-Aged Artists around Race and Whiteness

2 July 2018

Dramaturg Gaven D. Trinidad reflects on workshopping Snowflakes, or Rare White People by Dustin Chinn as a part of UMass Amherst's New Play Lab in December 2017.

How Labor Law Can Support Equity in Theatre
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How Labor Law Can Support Equity in Theatre

20 June 2018

LA arts administrator David Mack explores the topic of labor law, proposing that complying with it will help create and sustain a more equitable theatre community—both in his city and across the country.

The Ground on Which We Stand
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The Ground on Which We Stand

10 June 2018

Playwright Michelle Tyrene Johnson and director Claire Syler discuss their collaboration on The Green Duck Lounge, a play that delves into Kansas City, Missouri’s civil rights history.

The Rise of Women in Chilean Theatre
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The Rise of Women in Chilean Theatre

6 June 2018

Elana Gartner, founding co-chair of the International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award, interviews Chilean playwright Sally Campusano about women in theatre in her home country.

Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders/ La Colonización es Global, Pero El Color No Tiene Fronteras
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Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders/ La Colonización es Global, Pero El Color No Tiene Fronteras

29 May 2018

Four South Asian theatremakers discuss global decolonization, reclaiming narratives, language and representation in theatre, and more.

Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro
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Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro

an Introduction/Introducción

27 May 2018

Annalisa Dias and Madeline Sayet introduce the Decolonizing Theatre series by exploring the ways the American theatre has been and still is complicit in the legacy of colonialism.

Roma Artists Telling Stories of Resistance, Not Victimhood
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Roma Artists Telling Stories of Resistance, Not Victimhood

24 May 2018

Mihaela Drăgan interviews Sandra and Simonida Selimovic of Mindj Panther about their show Roma Armee, and the activist work they are doing in Austria to fight against Roma oppression.

How R.Evolución Latina is Reinventing the Bard
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How R.Evolución Latina is Reinventing the Bard

21 May 2018

Jose Solís explores R.Evolución Latina’s production To Be or Not to Be, the culminating project of the company’s spring 2018 workshop, which brought Latinx artists from all over to New York to create a piece based on Shakespeare’s texts.

The Ugly Truth about Arts Institutions Led by Women of Color
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The Ugly Truth about Arts Institutions Led by Women of Color

9 May 2018

Founder and executive artistic director of Dallas’s Bishop Arts Theatre Center Teresa Coleman Wash looks at the realities of running a theatre company as a woman of color.

Body-Shaming
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Body-Shaming

The Epidemic Plaguing Collegiate Theatre Programs

7 May 2018

Rachel Bykowski speaks up about body-shaming in the theatre industry, and its effect on students in collegiate programs.

A Work of the Body
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A Work of the Body

Deconstructing Preconceived Notions of Disability and Dance in Piece by Piece

29 April 2018

Emily White writes about Rebeccah Simone Bogue’s Piece by Piece, which was presented as a work in progress in New York City in February 2018.

Coloring Music City's Theatrical Landscape
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Coloring Music City's Theatrical Landscape

26 April 2018

Artistic Director Shawn Whitsell talks about the importance of Nashville, Tennessee's black theatre community.

Cartography of Flood Plains
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Cartography of Flood Plains

24 April 2018

Audra Almond-Harvey, executive director of abrasiveMedia, explores Nashville, Tennessee’s evolution as a city since the flood of 2010.