GENDER & LGBTQ+ Inclusion
I lead the Gender Explosion Initiative for developing resources and training to improve gender inclusion for trans and non-binary theater-makers. I have run workshops for ArtsEmerson and the Annual SETC Convention as part of their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Series.
Below are guides on seven achievable actions theatre-makers can take right now to support your transgender and non-binary coworkers, how to use pronouns in the workplace, and key LBTQ+ terminology. My guide to integrating pronoun usage into the theatrical workplace was seen by a quarter-million people across the globe on Facebook alone.
Alongside M Sloth Levine and a working group of trans artists across New England, this essay on HowlRound discusses the current state of trans and non-binary inclusion in the theatrical sector, and ways theatremakers can dismantle stigmas against trans people and continue creating an inclusive theatre scene.
"It is up to every single one of us to effect change to make the theatre community more inclusive—and this goes beyond gender-neutral restrooms."
Through StageSource, I also help facilitate the Line Drawn Initiative, dedicated to developing programs and resources specifically for the New England performing arts community to prevent and deal with all forms of harassment, and to create safe working spaces for all.
Below are the Line Drawn Community Standards—a working document developed with the input and guidance of the Line Drawn working group, and the New England Theatre community at large. They are a unified set of 10 standards, created with the aim to be adopted by all New England theatre companies as a foundation to build safe workspace and universal protections for theatre-workers.
Alongside Dawn M. Simmons and Jen Lewis, this essay on HowlRound unpacks the findings of the Line Drawn initiative's initial summits, and where we believe progress needs to happen to truly address harassment in the theatre industry.
"Boilerplate harassment policies simply aren't effective when the work sometimes requires individuals to change clothes, touch or kiss, and discuss sexual content with their coworkers."
As part of StageSource's Anti-Racism Initiative, I worked with the staff to develop a guide for anyone to use who is looking to move beyond words into impactful anti-racist action & system creation within an organization.
I created an introduction to utilizing alternative text (Alt-Text) online, in emails, and in social media, to ensure that media is accessible for visually impaired users. This guide was later shared as part of StageSource's A11Y Initiative.