I know this is a tough time. There will be good days and there will be bad days. But we have to stay vigilant. We have to work together to get things done, to make sure everyone is safe and protected. We can do this through our cooperation and dedication to each other and through our dedication to the arts.
The past few years in the theatre have been astounding. We’ve seen Fun Home, Hamilton, Next To Normal, In the Heights, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, The Color Purple, The Scottsboro Boys, Allegiance, Eclipsed, and Shuffle Along. Are they perfect? No, but it’s a start. It shows that we are a diverse and brilliant nation full of artists and we have so much potential. It might not be perfect, but art is a way to heal. A way to escape for a few hours or a way to think critically about our world.
Get out there and let your voice heard through the arts. Sing louder, dancer faster, play harder, draw more forcefully, and write with passion. We can do this together.
One of my favorite theatre quotes is:
“The theater itself is not revolutionary: it is a rehearsal for the revolution.” - Augusto Boal
Through our ideas, we can make a more perfect America. We will have to fight for it and it won’t be pretty. But the community of artists is strong and supportive. We have each other’s backs and our ideas will push forth a revolution. Theatre productions, paintings, novels, and music have caused major protests in the streets. Let’s start that again.
Let’s make art.