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 I Think About When I Hear That Broadway Is Racist

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

  15. Blackspace: Manifesto

  16. New Black Math

  17. How White People Conquered the Nonprofit Industry

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 Why “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” Is Obsolete

  19. Theatres Not Speaking Out List

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

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

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

  23. A New World Awaits Us 

  24. Female and Trans Playwrights

  25. Asian American Stage Directors 

  26. Black Female Stage Directors

  27. Latinx Stage Directors

  28. 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. Black Queer Playwrights to Support

  7. Plays and Musicals by Black Playwrights

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

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

  10. Black Theaters Across The United States

  11. Latinx Theatrical Designers You Should Hire

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

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

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

  15. Latinx Directors You Should Hire

  16. How To Solve Design’s Diversity Problem

  17. 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. Race In America: Reimagining Capitalism

  6. Black-Owned DEI Companies + Consultants

  7. Dismantling Racism

  8. Black Liberation Reading List

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

  10.  Anti-Racism Resources for White People

  11.  Claudia Rankine: On Whiteness

  12.  White Fragility: Michel Martin interviews Robin DiAngelo

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

  14.  ArtEquity

  15.  75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

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

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

  18.  Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation between Audre Lord and James Baldwin



  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. The Future of Theatre is Accessible

  4. Act on Accessibility

  5. Accessibility in theatre – infographic

  6. Disabled Bodies in American Theatre 

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

  8. Disability is not just a Metaphor

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

  10. Disability Justice Resources

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

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

  13. Black Trans Media

  14. LBGTQ Healthcare Services