Welcome to Equity in Theatre

Wright, Johnna


It has been my privilege to create theatre in many parts of this country. I respectfully acknowledge that I make my home on the unceded traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nations.  I work in theatre, here and elsewhere, because I love to tell a story in real time that connects people, both to each other and to the storytellers. And after a bruising few years for theatre everywhere, I still believe in the power of that storytelling to change the way we see the world.  For a long time I knew social justice was important without fully understanding the scope of what that meant, or what my own responsibilities might be. Like a lot of people, I've been rethinking past assumptions and facing some uncomfortable realities. The goal is to be more aware, and more responsive to systemic inequities — and to find new ways forward that reflect that change in perspective. For me, this means more listening, and less assuming that I already know the answers. It means remembering that my perspective is mine alone. It means taking responsibility for how my power and privilege are used, and seeking to look beyond my own bias toward what others are offering, and what they need from me.

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