TCG's 2012 Young Leader of Color, Yolanda Williams, responds to Drew Barker's question on diversity and inclusion.
"How do institutions and artists negotiate between sincere attempts at 'bridge-building' and creating productive 'multicultural' explorations without falling into the potential traps of audience pandering or cliché?"
Serve Your Audience: Embrace Diversity
Know your audience. The idea is for you to diversify your audience for the theatre not for one particular production. It becomes a trap of audience pandering or a cliché when you have “one multicultural show” or “one diversity show” in a season. If your theatre or institution truly wants to tackle bridge-building and creating productive multicultural explorations, you must embrace the diversity in the theatre world which includes your artists, your audience, your community, and your board.
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