Yesterday, I was asked by someone inspired by my social media advocacy, "Do you ever feel that you’re ‘beating a dead horse’ when it comes to addressing issues of Diversity and Inclusion in the American Theatre?” As I work on rewrites of a play that may never be produced, here are my thoughts:
It’s disappointing when regional theatres continue to produce all/a majority of plays written by white men that are directed by all/a majority of white men. It’s disheartening that gender parity struggles to be intersectional and inclusive. It’s frustrating that issues of age, class, ability, and sexual orientation live in a land of etcetera.
However, I remain hopeful and ever stalwart. I'm encouraged by an increasing number of individuals and theatre companies, who are embracing diversity, working to be more inclusive, and supporting a multitude of voices. What’s more, I am inspired, supported, and guided by so many men and women who are committed to creating spaces for equality and access for all theatre artists.
But it’s hard. Hard as hell. Especially right now as seasons are announced and the practice of exclusion rears its ugly, disparaging systemic head. But doing nothing is harder still. So, I never think in terms of losing faith. I think in terms of time. How much time can I devote each day to bring awareness and support of others around these issues. For what little time I have on this earth, I will do all that I can to advocate for progress and change in the American Theatre.
I'm a playwright, dramaturg, and teaching artist. It is here where you'll find my queries and musings on life, theater and the world. My posts advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equity in the American Theatre and updates on my own work. Please enjoy!