and Inclusion within the Department of Theatre
The future of theatre training in Canada requires clear, specific, and sustained efforts to enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Department of Theatre acknowledges its historical investment in white colonialist canons, practices, and aesthetics. Such an investment reflects broader patterns of structural racism in both Canadian universities and the professional theatre industry. We recognize that the centering of whiteness has harmed Indigenous, Black, and other racialized students, faculty, and staff; and we are taking active steps to address and mitigate this harm. We further acknowledge that the labour of carrying forward change within the department has often fallen to IBPOC students, faculty, and staff. This historical pattern is something we are collectively working to address.
We are excited by the new opportunities that await.
Since spring 2020, the Department of Theatre has undertaken a series of initiatives in response to student and alumni feedback and related calls to action. We have grouped these initiatives into six groups or categories, although this grouping is somewhat arbitrary as many of these activities overlap and inform one another. These initiatives include:
This is very much a living document, one we are committed to using in the interests of transparency to track progress and hold ourselves accountable. This work will unfold in concert with broader efforts led by the Dean’s Office, which will involve all AMPD students, faculty, and staff.
If you have comments or suggestions for revision or inclusion, please forward them to the department’s Equity, Diversity, Decolonization, and Inclusion committee at EDDItheayork@gmail.com.