In the 14 years since our founding, STAGES Youth Theater has striven to be an inclusive, empowering organization for Maine youth. We now realize that inclusivity and anti-racism are not the same, and we recognize that STAGES is not yet an anti-racist space, regardless of how fervently we individually believe that Black Lives Matter.
Our Staff and Board of Directors have recognized that we have much work to do with the intent of bringing us closer to our goal of being an anti-racist theater education organization. We know doing the work takes time, humility, and transparency. Our Board devoted a portion of our bi-annual retreat to anti-racist work, and this work is now a standing item on every Board and staff meeting agenda moving forward. Our staff is seeking out, and listening to, Black voices in theater, education, and youth enrichment.
Please contact us at any time. We are open to feedback and criticism as we move in solidarity with those fighting for freedom, equity, and justice — for all, and especially for the next generation.
BIPOC IN TYA
STAGES Youth Theater is a proud member of TYA/USA, and grateful for the opportunity to listen, grow, and learn from our peer organizations across America — and especially grateful for BIPOC in TYA, a grassroots group of Black Indigenous & People of Color TYA professionals, and their watershed publication – “Anti-Racist & Anti-Oppressive Futures for Theatre for Young Audiences.” Our organization has pledged to do the work. (2/10/2021)