To combat racism in the DC theatre community, we’ve created “We Must Do Better DC.” Currently, we’re working with local leaders in the NAACP, Broadway for Racial Justice, and other partner organizations to develop a multi-part workshop series geared at white folks in the theatre community – particularly those in positions of leadership – to critically examine individual and institutional racism within our community and make substantive commitments to measurable change.
We Must Do Better DC’s mission is Listen, Learn, Act. Listen: Empanel a steering committee of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) representatives of all positions within the DC theatre community to advise long-term priorities of “We Must Do Better DC.” Learn: Convene DC theatremakers, local racial justice leaders, and leaders in the movement for theatrical racial justice for a multi-part workshop series designed to critically evaluate individual and institutional racism and systems of oppression within our community. Act: Galvanize DC theatremakers in immediate support of other organizations combating racism within the theatre industry as well as long-term goals as determined by We Must Do Better DC’s steering committee.
The workshop segments will assist theatres and theatre makers in thinking critically about their individual and institutional roles in confronting racism and dismantling systems of oppression. The first part of the series is a lecture-style engagement titled “What Can I Do Right Now? How to Engage in Immediate, Substantive Racial Justice Advocacy,” and will be led by Sean Perryman, the President of the Fairfax County chapter of the NAACP. This workshop will take place on Thursday, July 9th at 7:00 pm EST. Workshop sign up can be found at www.WeMustDoBetterDC.com.