Contributed by Guest Blogger of the Week, Derek Lee McPhatter.
Indie Theater is, in my opinion, the artsy, gutsy creative, risk-taking counterpart to more mainstream and institutionalized Theater.
As such, the Indie Theater scene enters the “diversity” conversation on different ground from Broadway. And in terms of diversity, its been my experience that many of the movers and shakers in Indie Theater are there precisely because the kind of theater they are doing, or the sort of background/perspective they bring to the table isn’t being supported by the Big Shots…
The force behind diversity is a commitment to INCLUSION. So, as a person of color and whatnot, I have some questions for the IT Awards crowd…
What does Diversity mean to you? And how would you think about diversity issues if there was no such thing as a Black History Month?, Women’s History Month, Gay Pride, etc. etc.?
Also, what sort of Perspectives/Communities do you feel are NOT included in the Indie Theater community? What should/could happen to change that?
I’m sitting here at my computer trying to answer these questions myself, and I’ll be interested to see what you all have to say.