TSDCA EDI Statement:
We advocate for a diverse creative community, as we know it strengthens and enriches the field of sound design and composition. We recognize and celebrate individual differences among all theater artists, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical abilities, nationality, language, religious beliefs or socioeconomic background. All artists deserve equal access and a safe working environment where the only risks people face are artistic challenges. We are committed to the pursuit of professional standards that include equitable fair dealings with all our collaborators.
Extent at which an organization has people from diverse backgrounds represented throughout. It is a recognition of individual differences: race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, expression, sexual orientation, physical abilities, nationality, language, religious beliefs, socioeconomic background.
The state, quality or ideal of being just. Applying the principles of fairness and ethics to a given circumstance or set of conditions.
Equal access, well being, and a sense of belonging for all members of the organization.
Resources on Sexual Abuse and Misconduct in Theatre
Being an Ally
Existing Initiatives with Workshops and Classes:
The goal of the artEquity training will be to create a diverse, well-equipped cadre of national facilitators who can support equity-based initiatives nation-wide. Alumni of the training will be supported to sustain peer networks, intentional collaboration, and ongoing learning.
Undoing Racism workshop. The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond focuses on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone.
EQ’s consulting practice supports non profit arts organizations wanting to transform to more equitable, creative entities reflecting their communities in their vision, staffing, programming, board, and audiences.
Mission: change the racial ecology of Portland through the arts.
Classes/Initiatives/Projects by TSDCA members in this area:
Sharath Patel’s class at Reed College – Equity in Art: Design Perspective
This course focuses on the role of design in a theatrical production when it is incorporated as part of the storytelling process. Students will be studying dramatic literature created by playwrights of varying gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status. We will explore how design can be used as vehicle of artistic practice to help emphasize focus on a particular subjects or ideas. Scripts will be broken down and analyzed to identify the recurring themes, concepts, and motifs. Based on this analysis we will incorporate design areas including but not limited to scenic, lighting, sound, and costumes into class discussions and paper project presentations throughout the course of the semester. Students will have access to the living playwrights featured in the course through the instructor. The class will also attend a fully realized production to better understand the application of theatrical design in professional environments. This course is intended for students interested in directing, playwriting, performance and design. Lecture-Lab.
Note: These trainings focus on race and do not necessarily provide an intersectional approach but we support the centrality of race in equity and inclusion conversations because race plays a prominent role when we look at other areas of identity (gender, sexual orientation, disability, etc.).
- Hard Conversations: An Introduction to Racism, a four-week intensive online course facilitated by authors and social justice activists, Patti Digh and Victor Lee Lewis.
- People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond’s Undoing Racism workshop.
ADDITIONAL TRAINING AND SUPPORT AROUND HARASSMENT
Note: These organizations may be able to supply sexual harassment support and harassment training, as well as additional resources addressing LGBTQ identity and issues. We encourage members to reach out to their local chapters and centers for more information.
- Local GLAAD Chapter
- Local Bar Association
- Local LGBTQ Center
- Sexual Assault and Harassment Resource Centers located on college and university campuses.
WORK AT INDIVIDUAL ORGANIZATIONS
For members who want to create an EDI initiative.
- Check out Best Practices for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives – also found on the Art Equity website . (Simply scroll to the bottom of the page.)
- How to Launch an EDI Initiative.
STAY CONNECTED TO artEquity
If folks would like to join our mailing list to receive updates on our national facilitator training and other resources, they are welcome to join our mailing list at www.artEquity.org .