Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility
ACT has gathered resources from across disciplines to help our members and our theatre community to find best practices for framing their ongoing work through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens.
Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege
USC’s online Master of Social Work program
Actor’s Equity Diversity Report 2021 (covering 2016-2019 data)
Including How to Launch an EDI Initiative, resources for BIPOC artists in primarily white institutions, reading lists, and more.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion: American Theatre
LORT Resources for Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
An EDI resource list curated by LORT theatres.
Cultural Equity Resources – Americans for the Arts
WATCH: Racism & Racial Equity in the Entertainment Industry
A panel from Educational Theatre Association during the 2020 Virtual International Thespian Festival
Four Black Artists on How Racism Corrodes the Theater World– New York Times
K-12 Teaching Resources
BIPOC Classroom Resources: TheatreFolk
One Way to Stop Whitewashing: It’s Got to Be Taught (American Theatre)
Best Practices for Inclusive Casting
A comprehensive article with recommendations for inclusive casting practices.
Community Engagement Resources
REPORT The Paradigm Shifting Power of Audience Building/Community Engagement (The Doris Duke Foundation)
Black Theatre Resources
Accessibility: Publications, Checklists, & Resources
The Future of Theatre is Accessible: Howlround Theatre Commons
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Accessibility Program Resources
The Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability offers a large selection of publications, guides, and other resources dealing with a wide variety of subject matter in arts, education, and disabilities.
Web Accessibility Resources
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops strategies, guidelines, and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities.
Webaim WAVE Accessibility Tool
Assess your website with the WAVE Accessibility Tool
Playwright – Festivals and Resources
Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights – Barter Theatre
Southern Writers Festival of New Plays – Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Playwright Fe4stival of original works by Black and Indigenous People of Color – Matthews Playhouse and African American Playwrights Group
Top BIOPOC Plays You Can’t Miss: Dramatics
Alternative Canon | Non-Western plays, plays by people of color, by women and by queer writers from before 1945.
#BIPOCSwap | A growing list of plays, musicals, and acting method readings by BIPOC, the American theatre canon; based on similar themes and/or adaptations. A resource for theatre educators.
Mixed Blood Theatre’s Disability Visibility Project: Howlround Theatre Commons
List of PIPOC Plays & Creatives: Loyola Marymount University