Moved by the coronavirus shutdown and the Black Lives Matter Movement, professionals in the theater industry are in the midst of determining how their art and their activities can fit together. Is it a model to work with? The Broadway Advocacy Coalition, which has led the way in social change since 2001, brings together theater producers, lawyers, scholars, academics and leaders.
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For BAC co-founder and “Tina” star Adrian Warren, the work has opened up a whole new perspective. “It really inspired me to learn about other black creators and opportunities for black thinking and gay people,” said Warren, who co-founded the latest episode of Stagecraft with fellow BAC co-founder Xylon Livingston. Diversity‘Theater Podcast. “It has given me the opportunity to learn more about the policy and, if given the opportunity, to implement it in my production work. It just widened my lens. “
In addition to hosting Broadway last month for the Black Lives Matter Again Digital Forum, BAC has also been a key player in initiatives such as the Theater of Change, a Broadway-based organization developed by the Broadway-based organization in partnership with Columbia Law School and Social Cooperation. Change.
“What BAC does directly centers on the story of those affected [by an issue]”Whether we’re talking about Broadway, whether we’re talking about public prisons and criminal law enforcement, whether we’re talking about the immigration system or the education system,” said American co-artist and educator Livingston, director “Tina.” Trying to find out who is most affected by the policies set by the organizations. And thinking like that is a dramatic change from before I worked with BAC, [when I was] Thinking, ‘Where is the power, whose power?’ Now I say, ‘Who has the story?’ BAC’s job is to bring strength to the story and position the story in a way that is trying to influence policy by creating power for everyone. “
In recent weeks, other theater-based advocacy groups have formed alongside BAC, including Black Theater United and We U U, White American Theater – and BAC co-founders say they like the company. “For us, it’s really about connecting with these other groups and seeing how we can stay in service and help them.” “Everyone can fight on their own, but we should be there to support each other.”
Warren was also clear about the possibility of change at this point and where it might be limited. “I think society has put a lot of pressure on this industry to work and recognize what is happening and hold a position on what is happening,” he said. “This does not mean that people have evolved into gung-ho, 100% change, 100% enlightenment, and these socially-conscious creators and creators. But it does mean that it is no longer interested in listening, learning, learning and learning, and it is to be hoped that changes within organizations will need to be implemented now. “
“We’re in a lot of different conversations across the art right now, from the field to the room where all the artists aren’t usually allowed to advise on their behalf,” Livingston explained. BAC’s upcoming calendar includes “Misducation,” a July 27 digital forum primarily to examine white theater companies.
“I think we’re all very aware that this isn’t a one-year plan,” Warren added. It’s for the long haul. “
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