When mid-western US university theatre departments consist predominately of white, middle class faculty and students, producing minority-based plays, even when character-specific actors are available and willing, challenges the white majority to accept non-participatory roles. Over the last 23 years of directing plays at a mid-western theatre department only ten percent have been minority based. This lack of acceptance of minority-based productions has kept both interested and talented minority students from declaring theatre as a major. Thus, the abundance of benefits from embracing diversity in theatrical productions is affected with deleterious consequences.
|Keywords:||Minority Based Plays, Embracing Diversity, Challenging the White Majority|
Professor of Theatre, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA
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