(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:
Nina Martin and Renee Montagne:
Ibram X. Kendi:
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.:
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
Equal Justice Initiative: https://eji.org/
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fo2RVOunsZ8
Walidah Imarisha PDX Talks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTZlNEZ3NEw
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.
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Mental Health Services
Multnomah County Crisis Line: 503-988-4888