Black Lives Matter
This statement was issued by the leadership of Theatre@First on June 3rd and shared with our participants and supporters via email. We continue to explore ways that we can dismantle barriers, create change, amplify the voices of BIPOC, and support the protests against racism and police violence as a theatre community.
BLACK LIVES MATTER
The murder of George Floyd has been added to the list of too many Black lives that have been taken by police and other perpetrators of white violence. While live performance at Theatre@First is on hiatus, we are still here and we are grieving and raging at the specific injustices and systemic racism that yet again echo across our screens and through our streets.
We are particularly concerned at this time for the Black artists and other people of color within our community, who are especially impacted by the cruelty of recent events. We see you, you are an important part of our community, and you are not alone.
Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, already disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, have endured systemic and specific racism for too long. At Theatre@First we are committed to listening to the voices of those primarily and directly affected by these poisonous aspects of our society, joining and supporting anti-racist protests, and following BIPOC leadership toward essential change.
The core mission of Theatre@First is to provide the space and support to bring the artistic dreams of our theatre community to life and to enrich our wider community by sharing those visions. Dismantling the racist systems of our culture depends on creating and sustaining visions of change. Theatre@First stands with BIPOC and all who envision anti-racist change. Now is the time to bring those dreams to life.
BLACK DREAMS MATTER