Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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

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The Colombia Outside My Apartment / La Colombia afuera de mi apartamento
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The Colombia Outside My Apartment / La Colombia afuera de mi apartamento

What I Learned From the Quarantine / Lo que aprendí de la cuarentena

by Carl(os) Roa
30 November 2020
The Necessity of Pivoting
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The Necessity of Pivoting

Interviews on the Future of our Field

by Janice Rabian
16 November 2020
Liberating Terror
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Liberating Terror

Clown and Activism

by Sayda Trujillo
13 November 2020
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Livestreaming the Panel: (Re)Imagine Accessible Theater (ASL interpreted & live captioned)
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Livestreaming the Panel: (Re)Imagine Accessible Theater (ASL interpreted & live captioned)

A series by Seattle Rep that brings artists and community leaders together

Thursday 17 December 2020
United States

Seattle Rep presents (Re)Imagine Accessible Theater livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 17 December 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (Seattle, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC-6) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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The Colombia Outside My Apartment / La Colombia afuera de mi apartamento
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The Colombia Outside My Apartment / La Colombia afuera de mi apartamento

What I Learned From the Quarantine / Lo que aprendí de la cuarentena

30 November 2020

In the intro article to the Colombia series, Carl(os) Roa, a Latinx artist from Philadelphia who made art in Bogotá last year, poses the question “What are the ways in which Colombia’s arts communities are just as fragmented as those in the United States” and shares how uplifting it has been to watch artists in the Bogotanx theatre community adapt to new realities brought on by the pandemic.

The Necessity of Pivoting
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The Necessity of Pivoting

Interviews on the Future of our Field

16 November 2020

Janice Rabian shares the discoveries she made during her summer research project about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the theatre field and how leaders are pivoting after the murder of George Floyd.

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Liberating Terror
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Liberating Terror

Clown and Activism

13 November 2020

Sayda Trujillo talks about white supremacy’s prevalence in clown pedagogy and shares how the invincible spirit of the clown has shaped her, “seeping through every tiny crack possible to make itself present to speak, to laugh, to sing, to bounce, to witness, and to encounter.”

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Action and Reaction / Acción Y Reacción
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Action and Reaction / Acción Y Reacción

The Experience of a Chilensis Clown Circus Theatre Company / Experiencia de una compañía chilensis de circo teatro payasx

11 November 2020

Members of Chile’s Compañía Siató—Valentina Paz Berger Correa, Jean Carlo Montecinos Carreño, Hernán Enrique Huerta Vargas, and Felipe Jesús Pereira Godoy—discuss clowning across Latin America; their show Sacrilegio, which denounces and ridicules religion, the church, and the police; the political duty of the artist; and more.

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Can a Clown Be an Activist?
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Can a Clown Be an Activist?

9 November 2020

Nathaniel Justiniano and Amrita Dhaliwal kick off the clown, bouffon, and activism series, talking about how the clown world has a racism problem and introducing the four contributors who practice their art around the world.

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Anti-Racism and the Institution
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Anti-Racism and the Institution

5 November 2020

Donny Repsher argues that racial justice needs a new inclusion paradigm and offers a proposal for predominantly white arts institutions and their white leadership to reflect on this historic opportunity to finally pursue real and lasting change.

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Livestreaming a Conversation: Native Theatre: Where Are We Now?
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Native Theatre: Where Are We Now?

Examining diversity and equal equity in sovereign decolonized Indigenous spaces against White Supremacy

Monday 2 November 2020
United States

This event has been postponed to Monday.
Safe Harbors NYC presents the conversation Native Theatre: Where Are We Now? livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 2 November 2020 at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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American Theatre's Racial Reckoning with The Black Artist Coalition
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American Theatre's Racial Reckoning with The Black Artist Coalition

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #10

28 October 2020

The Daughters of Lorraine Podcast hosts Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley discuss the advent of We See You, White American Theatre and situate it within a history of Black theatre artists calling out the white supremacy endemic to American theatre, as well as interviewing The Black Artist Coalition founders Vaughn Midder and Kevin McAllister.

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Unearthing Your Languages
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Unearthing Your Languages

27 October 2020

Amanda L. Andrei discusses learning Romanian—her father’s native tongue—for her play Lena Passes By and shares methodology for dealing with translations, identifies unique issues of heritage language learners who are also writers, and reflects on the pain of being separated from language.

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Towards a Fat Theatre
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Towards a Fat Theatre

Reimagining Bodies Onstage

26 October 2020

Jeff Bouthiette notes that the pandemic has provided an opportunity to reevaluate and rethink everything about the way theatre is created in America, argues that this work has to include fat people, and offers suggestions for a way forward.

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The Carnival
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The Carnival

Leadership in a Time of "What If?"

22 October 2020

Susan Booth, artistic director of Atlanta’s the Alliance Theatre, talks about how we are currently living in what is referred to as “the carnival” and shares ideas of how artistic organizations ought to react during this time.

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From Nicety to Necessity
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From Nicety to Necessity

21 October 2020

Jack Reuler, artistic director of Minneapolis’s Mixed Blood Theatre, reflects on how the pandemic might just be the great equalizer in the American theatre and how it’s time for theatre to move from being something nice to being something necessary.

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Searching a Way Forward
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Searching a Way Forward

19 October 2020

Earlier this year, Mark Valdez, hungering for public discourse around the future of the American theatre field, prompted three arts leaders with the question, “What is our purpose now?” This piece kicks off the series of responses.

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Hold, Please
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Hold, Please

Addressing Urgency and Other White Supremacist Standards in Stage Management

15 October 2020

Seven stage managers in the United States—Miguel Flores, R. Christopher Maxwell, John Meredith, Alexander Murphy, Quinn O’Connor, Phyllis Y Smith, and Chris Waters—explore a few places white supremacist culture play out in their work—focusing on urgency, quantity over quality, perfectionism, objectivity, and power-hoarding.

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Shakespeare in Black with Renea Brown
Podcast

Shakespeare in Black with Renea Brown

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #9

7 October 2020

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast hosts Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley interview actress Renea Brown on the interactions between Black theatre and Shakespeare, as well as her experience as a Black Shakespearean performer.

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Remembering The Death of the Last Black Man
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Remembering The Death of the Last Black Man

On How Black Theatre Is Essential

5 October 2020

Dr. Ayshia E. Stephenson revisits the 2016 Signature Theatre production of The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, which she believes stands as a testament to why Black theatre matters and is essential to resisting white supremacy.

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Banned Together 2020: Banned BIPOC Writers
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Banned Together 2020: Banned BIPOC Writers

Highlighting writers who have been censored and cut from the theatrical canon due to America's racial prejudices
 

Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October 2020
United States

The Dramatists Guild Legal Defense Fund (DLDF) and The Dramatists Guild Political Engagement Initiative presented Banned Together 2020 livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 1 October and Friday 2 October 2020 at 12 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 2 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 3 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Jubilee for the Future
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Jubilee for the Future

AAPI Theatre and the Promise of Solidarity

30 September 2020

Sophia Skiles talks about the momentum of unprecedented acclaim and agency for Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) theatremakers this spring, which quickly transformed into an inverse rise of AAPI-directed bigotry and bias for the global pandemic.

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(Re)Imagine Black Theater (ASL interpreted and live captioned)
Video

(Re)Imagine Black Theater (ASL interpreted and live captioned)

A series by Seattle Rep that brings artists and community leaders together

Thursday 24 September 2020
United States

Seattle Rep presented (Re)Imagine Black Theater livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 24 September 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (Seattle, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC-6) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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The Black in Black Musical Theatre
Podcast

The Black in Black Musical Theatre

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Episode #8

23 September 2020

In this episode of the Daughters of Lorraine Podcast, hosts Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley discuss "What is a Black musical?" using James Baldwin's Amen Corner and Angelica Chéri's Gun and Powder.

swirling octopus tentacles.
Catalysing Change Through Artful Agitation: Part I: Be Ill-Disciplined
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Catalysing Change Through Artful Agitation: Part I: Be Ill-Disciplined

A performative lecture and Q&A with Kai Syng Tan

Saturday 19 September 2020
United Kingdom

performingbordersLIVE20 and Contact presented Catalysing Change Through Artful Agitation: Part I: Be Ill-Disciplined livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 19 September 2020 at 6:30 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 9:30 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 2:30 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1).

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Erasing the Middle East
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Erasing the Middle East

White Gatekeeping and the Painful Path of Progress

17 September 2020

Ali-Reza Mirsajadi talks about struggles for Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) artists in the American theatre community and details some of the changes that are happening for inclusivity and equity.

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Staging Bilingual Classical Theatre
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Staging Bilingual Classical Theatre

15 September 2020

Carla Della Gatta offers strategies and considerations for theatremakers who are looking to create bilingual or semi-bilingual renditions of the canonized classics.

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Modeling Solidarity: Theater As Political Action
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Modeling Solidarity: Theater As Political Action

Part of Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists’ ConFest Virtual Series

Monday 14 September 2020
United States

Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists presented a panel discussion Modeling Solidarity: Theater As Political Action livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 14 September 2020 at 1 p.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC-), 3 p.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC-), 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7), 5 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC-6), 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5), 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).