June through August
We, as the staff of Door Shakespeare, commit ourselves to look, with clear eyes, at the systemic racism present in our world, our community, and within our organization. To listen, without defensiveness, to the voices of Brown and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) artists, audience members, and supporters. To understand, and work to become our best selves in order to dismantle deeply entrenched systems of oppression.
Much like our country, we at this theatre struggle to reconcile our aspirations with our day-to-day behavior. And we know we cannot remain silent in the face of the pervasive violence being perpetrated against Black, BIPOC, and Brown people. We must, in both word and deed, commit to being anti-racist, as individuals and as members of the Door Shakespeare community. We don’t say this lightly—we have much work to do.
We will continue to educate ourselves, to build on our work in this moment, and to desire to become a better and more inclusive theatre.
Campaigns and petitions
Black Lives Matter: 2020 Campaign – Holds politicians and candidates accountable on issues affecting Black and underserved communities
Color of Change: Active Petitions and Campaigns – The nation’s largest online racial justice organization, helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us
NAACP: We Are Done Dying Campaign – NAACP’s coalition fighting against COVID-19 and police brutality
“1619” – The New York Times’ podcast series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling
“All That Glisters Is Not Gold” – An NPR discussion about Shakespeare, racism, and xenophobia with high school students and scholar Ayanna Thompson“Anti-racist Shakespeare” – Shakespeare’s Globe scholar Farah Karim-Cooper examines the racial meanings behind the language of light/dark and white/black used in Shakespeare’s England