Anti-Racism Toolkit

(A Living Document)

Our Anti-Racism Statement

We acknowledge and hear you. "We are the change" each time we use our collective voices. Stumptown Stages is committed to an antiracism action plan for our work environments that cares for and sustains BIPOC artistry and lives.


Below is a list of action items and how we at Stumptown Stages are implementing them to harness the energy toward making true progress.


ACTION: contracted an equity, diversity and inclusion coach to train our board of directors and artistic leaders


  • STATUS: Stumptown Stages has committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Professional Learning Courses within a permanent DEI budget line item. Training's will focus on nine core learning goals: Racial Identity, Defining Zones of Safety, Emotions and DEI; Historical Timeline, Dominant Culture, Detours, Microaggressions, Oppression Definitions and Coaching Strategies.


  • STATUS: Stumptown Stages has implemented an EDI Liaison position for each production. The EDI Liaison will receive leadership and conflict management training from our contracted EDI coach, helping them to anticipate and address any EDI gaps or concerns during production. The EDI Liaison is a safe conduit for cast and crew members to anonymously communicate EDI workplace needs, concerns, and conditions to the producing party.

  • STATUS: In addition to implementing EDI Liaisons, Stumptown Stages will engage Intimacy Choreographers for future productions. Intimacy Choreographers are responsible for the consensual crafting and staging of stories with content of sexual nature, race, disability, religion, or age with appropriate cultural context and competency. They are required to consult on scenes with otherwise loaded, heightened, or charged content that draws on the actor’s identity. A qualified intimacy choreographer has expertise in consent, boundary establishment, physical storytelling, and documentation procedures. An intimacy choreographer works in support of the production and supports the director’s vision while working within the boundaries of the actors. This role supports the production in physical and emotional engagements with these protected characteristics.


ACTION: breaking down social economic barriers

  • STATUS: Stumptown Stages has reached out and instigated Collective Bargaining Agreement conversations with the Musicians Union (AFM Local 99). 


  • Stumptown Stages will extend payment for artists to attend donor events, including post-show talkbacks.​


  • Stumptown Stages will eliminate the “10 out of 12” technical rehearsal from its future artistic practice.


  • Stumptown Stages will move away from the six-day rehearsal week, and instead standardize a five-day rehearsal week. Each production process will be designed to facilitate this shift, allowing artists, stage managers, crew and support staff adequate rest.


ACTION: leaning in, listening and taking action.


  • STATUS: This is a “living” document. Our work at Stumptown Stages honors the efforts of BIPOC theater makers who have lifted their voices against racism in the American Theatre for generations. Stumptown Stages adds its voice to these efforts, not just through words, but through the execution of concrete action plans.

This is a “living” document. Our work at Stumptown Stages honors the efforts of BIPOC theater makers who have lifted their voices against racism in the American Theatre for generations. Stumptown Stages adds its voice to these efforts, not just through words, but through the execution of concrete action plans.

We welcome the continued conversations with our beloved theatre community. We have much work to do because #BlackLivesMatter!!

Stumptown Stages Land Acknowledgement

Stumptown Stages recognizes, acknowledges and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands, the theatre now stands. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence. 


Ways You Can Help

Coalition of Communities of Color


NAACP of Portland

The Urban League of Portland

Black United Fund

Don't Shoot Portland

An Anti-racist Reading List

The Case for Reparations:

Participate in anti-racism trainings:

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond:


Off the Mat, Into the Word:


Michelle C. Johnson:

Southern Poverty Law Center:


64 Things White People can do for Racial Justice:

Rachel Cargle:

Felicia Isacc:

Climate Change Is Hurting Expectant Black Mothers

Nina Martin and Renee Montagne:

Nothing Protects Black Women from Dying in Pregnancy and Childbirth: Not education. Not income. Not even being an expert on racial disparities in health care

Leila Fadel:

The Separate and Unequal  Health System Highlighted By COVID-19

Ibram X. Kendi:

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?

Melissa Little:

Implicit Bias: Be an Advocate for Change

Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.:

How James Baldwin Told the Truth About Racism in America

Nikole Hanna-Jones

America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One

Take an Implicit Bias Test


  • How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

  • The 1619 Project

  • Equal Justice Initiative:

  • Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

  • Behind the Cover: What is Owed by Nikole Hannah-Jones

  • The Sum Of Us by Heather McGhee


​Nikole Hannah-Jones' 1619 Podcast:

Ibram X. Kendi's Unlocking Us:

Brene Brown's Shame and Accountability:

Pancho Savery's Feeling Bookish

Ava DuVernay's 13th

Oregon Black history timeline video:


Walidah Imarisha PDX Talks:

American Theatre Wing: this panel of Black theatre creators, educators, and leaders talk about anti-Blackness within our industry, the power structures at play, and how we can create a more equitable American Theatre.


Isabel Wilkerson

The Great Migration and the Power of a Single Decision

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Memories of a Refugee

Amanda Gorman

The Hill We Climb

Mental Health Services

Multnomah County Crisis Line: 503-988-4888

  • b-facebook
  • Twitter Basic Black
  • Instagram Square
  • YouTube Square