Statement of Solidarity
All of us at Sudbury Theatre Centre join in solidarity with our artists, audiences and community to condemn and call for an end to systemic racism and unjust violence against those who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC), in order to undo Native invisibility, anti-Blackness, dismantle white supremacy and advance racial justice.
STC recognizes that we operate within systemic racism and that neutrality and silence only feed it further. Stratford Festival’s “Black Like Me” discussion on YouTube brought to light the systemic issues at play throughout the theatre industry and beyond.
The issue has brought home the realization that STC has not been representative in the past. We need to do better. We are committed to the work of anti-racism and anti-oppression in our organization, in our lives and in our art. We know that we have just begun this work and that there is much yet for us to learn and to do. We hold ourselves accountable for working to dismantle the systemic racism, oppression and violence that permeates our country and our industry.
We have much work to do in giving voice to our BIPOC artists. We assure you, we are having those conversations right now at STC.
STC stands in solidarity with the BIPOC in our community and beyond. We do not tolerate racism or discrimination in any form and will continue to begin each rehearsal, as is our practice, with welcoming theatre artists and stating clearly that we do not tolerate exclusion in any form.
We are listening
Follow these links to further educate yourself.
POC owned businesses in Sudbury
Stratford Festival’s “Black Like Me”
Stratford Festival’s “We Are Standing Strong”