Dear friends,

It's nearly fall! We hope back-to-school season is treating you well, and that you're heading into this month feeling recharged and energized. At artEquity, we are feeling particularly buoyant as we've just finished the first of two intensive facilitator trainings with our 2016 cohort. This talented and committed group of 36 spent the past weekend together in the Twin Cities engaging in deep conversation, communal meals, and theatre. We look forward to spending more time with them in October. 

During the training, we were excited to mark President Obama's order to put a temporary hold on work on the Dakota Access Pipeline. The news was a huge victory for thousands of protestors who assembled to support the Standing Rock Sioux, whose tribal lands in North Dakota would be damaged and polluted by the pipeline's construction. While there is still work to be done, we are uplifted by the power of collective action and ally-ship that has been demonstrated in recent weeks. For stories and photos of protesters, click here

In solidarity,

the artEquity team

artEquity facilitator training 2016 cohort
What's Happening
artEquity facilitator training 2016
Facilitator Training 2016 is underway, and photos and bios of our 36 participants can be found here. We welcomed the group on Thursday, September 8th with a reception at Penumbra Theatre, our generous hosts for this year's training, followed by a smudging ceremony led by facilitator Ty Defoe and members of the O'gitchidayquay Council from the Elders Lodge in St. Paul, MN. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were busy days, but we found time for several dance parties, and took in the opening night of Mu Performing Arts' production of The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up, directed by Artistic Director Randy Reyes.

facilitator Ty Defoe with members of the O'gitchidayquay Council
Equity in the News
Hey, you got a little racism stuck in your teeth
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Women's Leadership: Research Results and Recommendations
Events of Interest

Month of September 
Various Locations

Coming to the Table

October 1-9, 2017

2016 National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival (ConFest)

Yale School of Drama students and artEquity facilitator Lydia Garcia.
artEquity training at Yale School of Drama
In August, artEquity began its second year of partnership with the Yale School of Drama, facilitating trainings for first year students in all of the school's graduate level theatre programs. Regular opportunities for facilitator training at Yale are part of an effort to embed a deep understanding of and commitment to equity into the academic sphere. artEquity Founder & Director Carmen Morgan said, "It's appropriate that Yale School of Drama sees issues of equity as a core part of its graduate school curriculum for all students. James Bundy's visionary leadership is changing the culture of YSD and will have a positive impact on the field."
artEquity Alumni Focus
The 2015 artEquity cohort in a moment of reflection at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Twin Cities Alumni Convening
artEquity is excited to announce its first alumni convening, led by members of the 2015 cohort. All 2015 facilitator training alumni are invited to the Twin Cities during the second weekend of this year's training for skills building, alumni network building, and the opportunity to share learnings with the 2016 cohort (in addition to seeing theatre and socializing!). Heading up the planning are alumni Pam Wallize and Patricia Mitchell, but there is room on the steering committee! For more information, please email Hannah Fenlon, artEquity Communications and Alumni Manager.

CAATA Confest, Oct 1-9
Over the course of nine days in Ashland, Oregon, the 2016 National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival (ConFest) will bring theater productions, panel discussions, plenary sessions, new play readings, workshops, special events, and most importantly, a space for Asian American theatre practitioners and allies from across the country to connect and build the relationships that help keep the community vibrant and alive. This year’s ConFest at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a historic partnership with one of America’s largest theater companies. The theme, Seismic Shifts: Leading Change in the American Theater, will engage people in passionate dialogues about social injustice and inequality in American culture and what we, as theater practitioners, can do about it. artEquity facilitator Leslie Ishii serves as this year's Conference Coordinator. Find more information and register at Allies are encouraged and welcome to join.

2015 Cohort Alum Michael Barker Accepts Position at Westport County Playhouse
Michael Barker, formerly of Marin Theatre Company in the Bay Area, has joined Westport County Playhouse this month as Managing Director. Michael shared this with us about his transition: "I'm excited to move into an institutional space with enormous history, 86 years and counting. The art on stage is excellent, and my parter Mark Lamos has a longstanding commitment to diverse casting and artistic teams. There are opportunities to challenge assumptions and disrupt norms to push for equity everywhere at WCP, from audience development to play selection to board and staff composition to gendered or otherwise exclusive spaces and more. There's an openness here to the idea of the work, at least, and I'm looking forward to getting down to it, with the support of my artEquity peeps!" Congratulations, Michael, and good luck!
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