Value Statement and DEI Resources
Please scroll down for an ongoing list of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion resources culled from various sources. We invite you to share resources with us by emailing Eileen Phelan, Communications and Engagement Coordinator.
Through rigorous learning, skill training and aesthetic practice, the Brandeis Department of Theater Arts fosters a creativity that connects to scholarship and scholarship that is responsive to the individual and to the community. As artists, practitioners and scholars, we create new work and ideas, challenge our students to enact change, build connections and value diversity.
Pillars of the Department
- Creativity: The use of imaginative ability and flexible thinking to generate original ideas and surprising connections in all our work. Creativity serves as context for all of our other values.
- Diversity and Inclusion: Distinct experiences and backgrounds (racial, ethnic, gender expression, gender identity, sexuality, economic, disability, religious, and social) enrich and enliven our conversations, scholarship, and creative expression. Through our curriculum, season planning, and the composition of our community, we strive to challenge discrimination, the marginalization of minorities, and the legacy of racism that has been inherent in the American theater tradition.
- Scholarship (knowledge, craft): The theoretical and experiential understanding of theater. Our goal is to provide students with the ability to use that understanding in the creation and appreciation of theater within a larger social context. Our students learn by doing.
- Aesthetic: The deeply personal way in which we create and understand art. Our goal is to encourage our students to develop a sense of individuality and identity that guides their artistic endeavors through training, encouragement, and example.
- Risk-Taking: The act of doing something uncertain in order to make new and exciting discoveries; success requires failure. Through coaching and mentorship, we encourage our students to make bold decisions, take chances and challenge assumptions about themselves and our world. By creating opportunities within a supportive environment for personal risk, we increase opportunities for personal achievement.
- Collaboration: The process of working with others in a shared venture. The collaborative process values individual expertise and perspectives and elevates the work we produce as a community by interweaving our singular voices and abilities. Students, faculty and staff work together in an inclusive environment that embraces feedback, criticism and flexibility.
- Rigor: The expectation that students learn and work at a high level. We challenge our students to engage in their scholarly and creative work with commitment, curiosity and depth.
- Professionalism: The qualities, skills and conduct that mark a person with training in theater. Through example, instruction and high expectations, we strive to prepare our students for participation in both academic and professional environments.
Black Studies Center at Brandeis
The Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies covering scholarly essays, periodicals, historical newspaper articles, reference books, and much more. Includes the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, the Black Studies Periodicals Database (previously known as International Index to Black Periodicals), and Black Literature Index.
- LORT — League of Resident Theaters DEI Resources
- North Carolina Theater Conference — Best Practices
- We See You, White American Theatre
- Dialogue and Healing through the Arts
- Black Lives Matter
- Showing Up For Racial Justice
- Equal Justice Initiative
- The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
- The Black Theatre Commons
- Broadway for Black Lives Matter
Articles and Essays
- "A Documentary Milestone: Revisiting Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement" by Isaiah M. Wooden
- "Brandeis Now: BaselineMed," Inclusive Student Organization Achieves Non-Profit Status
- "Performing Whitness" by Sarah Bellamy
- "11 Things To Do Besides Say ‘This Has To Stop’ In The Wake Of Police Brutality"
- "How to Tell the Difference Between Real Solidarity and 'Ally Theater' "
- "Helm’s Stages of White Racial Identity Development"
- "Anti-Racist Pedigogy: from faculty’s self-reflection to organizing within and beyond the classroom" by Kyoko Kishimoto
- "The 1619 Project Created" by Nikole Hannah-Jones
- "How The Word Is Passed" by Clint Smith
- "White Fragility" by Robin d’Angelo
- "Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds" by adrienne maree brown
- "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome" by Dr. Joy DeGruy
- "Black Acting Methods" by By Sharrell Luckett and Tia M. Shaffer
- "How to be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi
- Aziza Barnes, playwright
- William Wells Brown, playwright
- Ed Bullins, playwright
- Paul Carter Harrison, director, playwright, scholar
- Ossie Davis, playwright and performer
- Angelina Weld Grimke, playwright
- Lorraine Hansberry, playwright
- Woodie King, Jr, producer, director, playwright
- Tarell Alvin McCraney, playwright
- Dominique Morriseau, playwright
- Ntozake Shange, playwright and performer
- Douglas Turner Ward, playwright
- Loy Webb, playwright
- August Wilson, playwright
- George C. Wolfe, playwright, director, producer
The following list was offered in Adrianne Krystansky's Playwrighting Course:
- "2.5 Minute Ride" by Lisa Kron
- "The Cake" by Becca Brunstetter
- "Fairview" by Jackie Sibblies Drury
- "Fefu and Her Friends" by Marie Irene Fornes
- "Indecent" by Paula Vogel
- "Hurricane Diane" by Madeline George
- "The Kilroys List: 99 Monologues by Female & Trans* Playwrights," Vol. 1
- "Milk Like Sugar" by Kirsten Greenridge
- "The Niceties" by Eleanor Burgess
- "Orange" by Aditi Kapil
- "Orlando" adapted from the original by Sarah Ruhl
- "Our Dear Dead Drug Lord" by Alexis Scheer
- "The Thanksgiving Play" by Larissa Fasthorse
- "The Uses of the Erotic" by Audra Lorde
- "Vagina Monologues" by Eve Ensler
- "Water by the Spoonful" by Quiara Alegria Hudes
- "Why I am Breaking Up with Aristotle" by Chantal Bilodeau
- "You for Me for You" by Mia Chung
Ongoing Resources for Jewish History and Publications
- U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Days of Remembrance Resources / USHMM
- National Archives, Holocaust Remembrance
- National Jewish Theater Foundation
- Yad Vashem, World Holocaust Remembrance Center
- My Jewish Learning
- Unesco: Learning the Lessons of History
- Holocaust Theater Catalog
- Jewish Heritage Center
- Brandeis Taber Institute for Study of European Jewry
- Brandeis Taber Institute Publications
- Anne Frank House