Hate crimes happen every day. When particular attacks are in the news, the toll on members of the targeted communities is especially high, exacerbating the daily pain of being marginalized and oppressed within our society. At those moments, it is important for Theatre@First to take a stand and speak out in solidarity with those individuals and communities. You are not separate from us, though our experiences are richly different. We see you and the harm that is done. We hold space for you and for your voices at Theatre@First. We welcome you to use our platform to speak out in your own words.
STOP ASIAN HATE - March 2021
A Statement in Support of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
This statement was issued by the leadership of Theatre@First on March 31st and shared with our participants and supporters via email. We continue to explore ways that we can dismantle barriers, create change, amplify the voices of AAPI, and support anti-racism work as a theatre community.
The leadership of Theatre@First are horrified by the March 16 murders of eight people at spas in Atlanta and by the increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout the United States by more than 150% over the past year.
BLACK LIVES MATTER - June 2020
A Statement Following the Murder of George Floyd
This statement was issued by the leadership of Theatre@First on June 3rd and shared with our participants and supporters via email. We continue to explore ways that we can dismantle barriers, create change, amplify the voices of BIPOC, and support the protests against racism and police violence as a theatre community.