Theatre and Systemic Change



The links below have been collected by Drama League staff, alumni, artists and colleagues to share knowledge regarding the need for systemic change in our field, and actions we can each take to dismantle racism, ableism and the many oppressions operating in our field.  This list is by no means comprehensive; it is intended more as a point of departure for your own explorations.  If you have suggestions for articles, resource lists, or story additions, please contact us at education@dramaleague.org with the URL address.



  1. We See You, White American Theater

  2. Black-Centered and/or Black-Led Culture Organizations in New York City

  3. White Silence in American Theatre Training and Practice (And The Urgency of Disrupting It)

  4. The Ground On Which I Stand

  5. Why I Am Fed Up With Performative Activism From White And Black Theater Makers

  6. An Open Letter to Arts Organizations Rampant with White Supremacy

  7. Race, Whiteness, Black Lives Matter: Lessons for Theater

  8. Playwrights of Color, White Directors, and Exposing Racist Policy

  9. Black Theatre Commons

  10. Latinx Theatre Commons

  11. The American Theatre Was Killing Me

  12. Four Black Artists On How Racism Corrodes The Theatre World

  13. What Racism In Theater Looks Like, And How To Dismantle It

  14. What I Think About When I Hear That Broadway Is Racist

  15. The Color Line: Black and White Aesthetic Values

  16. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger Of A Single Story

  17. On Racial Justice: A Letter From Billie Holiday Theatre Artistic Director Dr. Indira Etwaroo

  18. Blackspace: Manifesto

  19. New Black Math

  20. How White People Conquered the Nonprofit Industry

  21. Why “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” Is Obsolete

  22. White Theater Leaders' Responses To #GeorgeFloyd

  23. Theatres Not Speaking Out List

  24. Silence of White Theaters on Anti-Black Violence is Deafening

  25. Diving into Racial Equity: The MAP Fund’s Exploration

  26. Not Just Money: Equity Issues in Cultural Philanthropy by Helicon Collaborative

  27. A New World Awaits Us 

  28. Female and Trans Playwrights

  29. Asian American Stage Directors 

  30. Black Female Stage Directors

  31. Latinx Stage Directors

  32. Black Technicians and Designers



  1. Phrases We Should Work To Eliminate in the Rehearsal Room

  2. Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro

  3. Whiteness, Patriarchy and Resistance in Actor Training Texts

  4. Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches

  5. Conscientious Theatre Training: Nicole Brewer

  6. Developing Community Agreements

  7. Safer Space Policy/Community Agreements

  8. Black Queer Playwrights to Support

  9. Plays and Musicals by Black Playwrights

  10. The Ferguson Theatre Syllabus - Claudia Alick & Megan Sandberg Zakian

  11. Staging Black Protest: Play List by Lisa B. Thompson

  12. Black Theaters Across The United States

  13. Latinx Theatrical Designers You Should Hire

  14. Latinx and Chicanx Theatre Scholars You Should Bring to Your Institutions 

  15. Latinx Stage Managers and Technicians You Should Be Working With 

  16. Latinx Dramaturgs, Coaches, Choreographers, and Artistic Personnel You Should Hire

  17. Latinx Directors You Should Hire

  18. How To Solve Design’s Diversity Problem

  19. Keeping “Insecure” Lit: HBO Cinematographer Ava Berkofsky on Properly Lighting Black Faces



  1. White Supremacy Culture

  2. Black Lives Matter

  3. Movement for Black Lives

  4. How To Be An Anti-Racist

  5. Beyond Hashtags and Slogans: When Solidarity Becomes Transformative

  6. Race In America: Reimagining Capitalism

  7. It's More Than Racism: Isabel Wilkerson Explains America's 'Caste' System

  8. Black-Owned DEI Companies + Consultants

  9. Dismantling Racism

  10. Intent Versus Impact: The Core Of Misunderstanding

  11. Black Liberation Reading List

  12.  Understanding and Dismantling Racism: A Booklist for White Readers

  13.  Anti-Racism Resources for White People

  14.  Claudia Rankine: On Whiteness

  15.  White Fragility: Michel Martin interviews Robin DiAngelo

  16.  Talking About Race: The National Museum of African American History and Culture

  17.  ArtEquity

  18.  75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

  19.  Explaining White Privilege To A Broke White Person by Gina Crosley-Corcoran 

  20.  Invasion of America Interactive Map (Indigenous Land Loss Map) by University of Georgia historian Claudio Saunt

  21.  Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation between Audre Lorde and James Baldwin

  22. How Latinx People Can Fight Anti-Black Racism In Our Own Culture

  23. Asian-Americans Are Still Caught In The Trap of the "Model Minority" Stereotype.  And It Creates Inequality For Us All.



  1. The Default Nonprofit Board Model Is Archaic And Toxic, Let's Try Some New Models

  2. Time For A Change: What If We Cut The Long Hours?

  3. 46 Terms That Describe Sexual Attraction, Behavior, and Orientation

  4. The Future of Theatre is Accessible

  5. Act on Accessibility

  6. Accessibility in theatre – infographic

  7. Disabled Bodies in American Theatre 

  8. “On Your Feet!”: Addressing Ableism in Theatre of the Oppressed Facilitation 

  9. Disability is not just a Metaphor

  10. A Disabled Actor Prepares: Stanislavsky, Disability, and Work at the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped

  11. Disability Justice Resources

  12. Beyond the Bathrooms: Cultivating Meaningful Trans Inclusion in Theatrical Spaces 

  13. Drawing a Line: Addressing Sexual Harassment in our Theatre Communities

  14. Black Trans Media

  15. LBGTQ Healthcare Services