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.
In discussions over the past few weeks, 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 will devote a portion of our upcoming retreat to anti-racist work, and this work will be 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.