SETC is pleased this year to launch a new Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Series. Below is a special set of sessions this year focused on Disability, Race/Ethnic, and LGBTQ+ inclusion. We welcome our special guest presenters and hope you find meaningful learning to return with to your home organizations. In addition, there are many other inclusion workshops this week being led by insightful presenters, many of whom inform from personal experience.
A Theatre for All: Creating Equity for Disabled Theatremakers
Feb. 27, 10:30 AM – 12:50 PM
In this panel led by some of the country’s leading advocates for disabled theatremakers, we’ll discuss casting initiatives related to disability inclusion for both theatre companies and training programs, as well as practical tools to help disabled artists and craftspeople succeed and find opportunity. We’ll share strategies and best practices for how to expand the culture of our organizations and training programs by nurturing and encouraging artistic practices rooted in authentic and intersectional lived experiences that reflect our changing world. At this session, several members of the disabled community who recently participated in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s inclusive casting initiative will be present to share their experience.
Navigating the Business: Making Your Lived Experience an Asset
Sat., Feb. 29, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Do you identify as an artist from an underrepresented or marginalized community? Get the practical tools you need to help you navigate the business from one of the country’s leading advocates for equity and inclusion in arts and entertainment. During this interactive workshop, we’ll discuss the importance of being your own advocate; auditions — before, during and after; creating professional relationships with fellow artists, agents and casting directors; and developing strategies to help give you the edge you need!
CHRISTINE BRUNO (actor/teaching artist/disability inclusion consultant) MFA — acting & directing, the New School. Member — The Actors Studio, NY Shakespeare Exchange; Advisory Company member, National Disability Theatre. Leadership — SAG-AFTRA NY Local Board; Chair, SAG-AFTRA New NY Local Performers with Disabilities (PWD) Committee; SAG-AFTRA National PWD, Actors’ Equity EEOC. Theatre: Cost of Living, Glass Menagerie, world premieres — Bekah Brunstetter’s Public Servant (Off-Broadway), The Maids (adaptation by Jose Rivera), The Good Daughter, musicals The Ugly Girl, Raspberry (UK tours). Film and TV: God Friended Me, Law & Order, Best Summer Ever, Hungry, award-winning features Flatbrush Luck and This is Where We Live.
ZACHARY MEICHER-BUZZI Zachary currently serves as the artistic manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville, handling the daily operation and planning for the artistic departments, including New Play development, casting, negotiation of artist contracts, production budgeting and leading special projects. He has worked with hundreds of artists and theatre companies including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Disney, Taylor Mac, Les Waters, Lucas Hnath, and Pig Iron Theatre Company.
TALLERI McRAE is a disabled theatre artist living in Louisville KY. Locally, she partners with several organizations including Actors Theatre of Louisville, the KY Center for the Arts, and Arts for All KY. She is the co-founder of National Disability Theatre with Mickey Rowe. Talleri is a proud graduate of Northwestern University and The University of Texas at Austin.
Conscientious Theatre Training: Anti-Racist Theatre
Thurs., Feb. 27, 12:00 PM – 2:15 PM Fri.,
Feb. 28, 12:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Conscientious Theatre Training (CTT) disrupts harmful erasure present in traditional theatre training through purposeful inclusion of marginalized groups’ contributions to the canon of theatre, fusing together cultural competency, selfcare practices, and anti-racist theory to create an embodied experience where participants learn to utilize their sphere of power to disrupt white supremacy culture. CTT is dedicated to equitable representation in all areas of theatre. Anti-Racist Theatre (A.R.T.) is defined as practices and policies that actively acknowledge and interrogate racism, anti-blackness, and other discriminatory practice, promoting anti-racist ideas, values, and policies that counter the oppression of any people during education or production of theatre.
NICOLE BREWER is a director, actor, educator and facilitator. She is a passionate advocate for anti-racist theatre and is invited across the US and in the UK to teach and speak about Conscientious Theatre Training. Her advocacy for the theatre industrial complex to replace racist and oppressive practice with anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices has appeared in both American Theatre and HowlRound.
Exploding Gender Creating Space for Gender Diverse Theatre
Sat., Feb. 29, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Transgender and non-binary artists are here – and we’re ready to work! As theaters pivot towards topics of gender-inclusivity, many are asking what they can actually do – beyond retweeting Laverne Cox quotes on the company account – to make theatrical spaces truly more inclusive. It may seem like a big task, but we promise you, it’s easier than you think to begin making the theatre sector more welcoming for your Trans siblings. From running rehearsals, to marketing, to facilities – join StageSource’s Gender Explosion Initiative, to discuss the current status quo for gender inclusion in the arts, and actions you can take right now to move it forward. Have a question that’s been bugging you, but you’re nervous to ask in person?
Submit anonymously at tinyurl.com/AskExplosion
JOHN MEREDITH (they/them/their) is an AEA stage manager, producer, and the operations manager at StageSource, where they lead the Gender Explosion Initiative. Credits include The American Repertory Theater (SIX! & 1776), SpeakEasy Stage (Pass Over & Fun Home), Huntington Theatre Company (Guide for the Homesick), Company One (Wig Out & We Are Proud to Present…), and the MIT Playwrights Lab. They hold a BFA in Stage & Production Management from Emerson College.
JD STOKELY is a trickster-in-training who creates and curates workshops, performances, and space interventions around nostalgia, the Black body, and home. Stokely is the associate producer of HowlRound Theatre Commons and a co-founder of UnBound Bodies, a collective of queer and trans artists of color in the Greater Boston area. Stokely received their MA from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and a BA from Hampshire College