TAP Core Trainings
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Theatre
Participants in this workshop will gain shared language and frameworks for understanding what systemic oppression (racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism etc.) is and its relationship to white dominant culture in theatre. Through historical analysis and self reflection, participants will strengthen their understanding of position, power, and privilege to consider their role in upholding and dismantling institutional practices and norms of systemic oppression.
Audience Access and Advocacy
Participants will learn techniques for providing equitable access to diverse audiences, including BIPOC, LGBTQIAP, and people with disabilities. Topics covered include outreach, pricing, programming, retention, and required equipment and technology. Particular focus will be given to cultivating genuine partnerships with organizations from these communities and addressing policies and procedures that hinder participation.
Leadership in Equity and Diversity
This workshop is an opportunity for board members and executive directors to gain a shared understanding of the need for DEI work in theatre and the role of the board in leading these efforts. Participants will learn how to administer an honest and thorough self-assessment of the board’s composition, laying the groundwork for understanding how addressing gaps in identity can help leadership better serve their community. Participants will gain tools for transformational and equitable board recruitment, and learn how allowing members to contribute in ways that work for their needs is key to board retention.
Build a Training
Build your own training! Our team will work one-on-one with you to design a training that fits the unique needs of your organization. This session will be tailored with specific scenarios and tools for ensuring an anti-oppressive workplace culture within existing organizational structures.
Intervention, De-Escalation, and Allyship
Participants in this workshop will learn to be not only an ally but also an accomplice, by addressing racism and harm at all levels, from talking over people to more severe forms of harassment. This will include training in bystander intervention, de-escalation, disruption, and conflict resolution techniques. Participants will learn how to report incidents internally and through official government channels. Participants will additionally gain tools to be curious rather than defensive about being “called in” for non-inclusive behavior, and what a meaningful apology should look like. Finally, utilizing tools from the field of restorative justice, participants will explore what healing after harassment can look like.