Anti-racism is an explicit core value and is central to our mission in the training of theatre artists and our standards of excellence.

We acknowledge that the history of the United States and the history of Western theatre is deeply rooted in white supremacy. Due to the racist history of the American theatre, this has informed whose stories are told and who experiences barriers on stage and in the process of making theatre. This has caused real harm to black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) artists and students. We are committed to anti-racist education and theatre making. 

We, the Theatre Department, declare and affirm our commitment to anti-racist action in the coming academic year and beyond; this includes listening, making space for BIPOC voices in the plays we select and the artists we employ; developing and participating in antiracist pedagogies and curriculum; and strengthening connections with our BIPOC communities. We stand in solidarity with those who have been calling for justice and are actively working to fight racism in all of its explicit forms.

 – The Faculty and Staff of The Theatre Department at Willamette University.

  • Michele Ainza
  • Stephen Alexander
  • Bobby Brewer-Wallin
  • Jonathan Cole
  • Susan Coromel
  • Christopher L. Harris
  • Faith Morrison
  • EJ Reinagel
  • Christian Sidwell
  • Rachel Kinsman Steck
Adopted September 9, 2020
Willamette University


M. Lee Pelton Theatre
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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