Theatre Arts DEI & Anti-Racist Resource

Social Accountability

Department Statement

We, the faculty and staff of the LMU Theatre Arts Department recognize our unintended role in perpetuating systems of oppression and inequity in our department. We are in the process of reimagining what we teach and how we teach and create. We hope to make definite strides towards fixing a broken system and preventing further injustice and moving toward equitable practices.

Actions We Are Engaged In

Regular dialogues on integrating Anti-Racist and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity work in everything we do as part of our regular faculty meetings. The goal is to create a Department Ethos centered on Anti-Racist and inclusivity practices that will serve as a guideline as we move forward in our work as theatre artists and educators.

Re-examining our Curriculum towards decentering whiteness and providing our students with a diverse range of theatrical experiences.

We are revamping our season selection process to include more BIPOC voices. Part of this process includes creating a Season Selection Committee. The committee then created a manifesto that will hold us accountable to our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion mission for our production seasons. Henceforth, we will be extending season planning to four years. The goal is to ensure that during a student’s college experience they will engage with a diverse array of writers, artists, genres and voices.

Upcoming Projects

Listening Sessions
Have planned our first listening session for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) LMU Theatre Arts students, alumni and allies to hear aspects of their lived experience in the department. We are committing to continue to hold these sessions in the years to come.

PRISM SERIES
PRISM is the Department of Theatre Arts inaugural annual guest speaker series and a featured program within the College of Communication and Fine Arts (CFA). We hope PRISM will be a vital connection between Loyola Marymount University and the professional theatre arts community. For Spring 2021, PRISM will thematically center Black theatre artists whose work and lived experiences foreground issues of racial and social justice. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, all lectures/workshops will be delivered live on Zoom.

Season Selection Manifesto

You can read more about our Season Selection Manifesto here.

DEI & Anti-Racist Accountability & Resources

Department Anti-Racist Ethos

The department is currently working on developing an Anti-Racist Ethos that will be applied to our teaching philosophies and classroom practices.

DEI Committee Charge

We, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Theatre Arts Department, seek to educate and inform our faculty, staff and students on Anti-Racist and DEI practices and pedagogy. We will strive to amplify the voices of our BIPOC students, staff and faculty.

As a committee, we will give recommendations to our full time faculty on DEI and Anti-Racist best practices for our syllabi, courses, curricula, classrooms, productions and theatre spaces.

For the faculty, we will engage and facilitate in Anti-Racist talks about pedagogy and best practices. We will dedicate time to identify and break down our own bias and prejudice. We will work towards harm reduction and prevention moving forward and we will develop an Anti-Racist Ethos for our department standards to follow.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racist Pedagogy Definitions

Anti-Racist
T
he policy or practice of opposing racism and promoting racial tolerance. 

Diversity
The presence of differences. Used as a term to denote practices/policies in which predominately/historically white (cisgender masculine/heterosexual) spaces increase the numbers/percentages of populations that have been and/or remain underrepresented in the space. The term diversity in an Americo-centric context is most commonly associated with adjusting racial demographics, diversifying a space to include gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspectives.

Equality
Treating people similarly.

Equity
Starts with the premise that individuals are not equal because of historical and contemporary marginalization. IT makes one think about how to provide individuals with the unique resources they need to be successful; and ensuring that processes and programs remove barriers so that there are equal positive outcomes for every individual.

Inclusion
A practice of ensuring that people feel a sense of belonging. People feel comfortable and supported as their unique selves.

Definitions provided by Prof. Jennifer Williams (LMU).

DEI & Anti-Racism Resources

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DEI & Anti-Racist Theatre Resources

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List of BIPOC Plays & Creatives

Our list of BIPOC plays and creatives can be found here.