New Jubilee Initiative Asks Theatres to Produce Only Works by Women and Minorities in 2020-21 Season

News   New Jubilee Initiative Asks Theatres to Produce Only Works by Women and Minorities in 2020-21 Season
 
Rude Mechs co-producing artistic director Kirk Lynn is spearheading a campaign, entitled The Jubilee, to help change the gender disparity in the programming of theatres around the country.

Lynn, with the online platform HowlRound, is asking theatres around the country to only produce "work by women, people of color, artists of varied physical and cognitive abilities, and LBGTQA artists in the 2020-21 season."

Although the work of straight white males is produced in significant numbers, their exclusion from the initiative has drawn some complaint, according to americantheatre.org.

"I do think it’s worth noting that the people who personally told me they don’t like it for different reasons are all white men, which I don’t think is a mistake," Lynn told americantheatre.org. "I totally get it; I am a white man myself. I want my plays produced…I think it is a mindset in some ways, but when someone produces Lisa D'Amour's play, it doesn't mean that they are not producing mine."

According to the official website for The Jubilee, these theatres have currently signed on to the initiative:

20% Theatre Company Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
Arizona Women's Theatre Company, Scottsdale, AZ
Artists At Play, Los Angeles, CA
Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Dallas, TX
Caps Lock Theatre, Astoria, NY
Daleko Arts, New Prague, MN
Day In, Day Out Productions, Minneapolis, MN
Electric Eye Ensemble, Brooklyn, NY
Evolve Theatre, Long Beach, CA
Forum Theatre, Washington, DC
Frank Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Gadfly Theatre Productions, Minneapolis, MN
Honey Pot Performance, Chicago, IL
Intar, New York, NY
Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Durham, NC
Looking for Lilith Theatre Company, Louisville, KY
Loudmouth Collective, Minneapolis, MN
Ma-Yi Theater, New York, NY
Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Mu Performing Arts, Minneapolis, MN
New Georges, New York, NY
The NOLA Project, New Orleans, LA
One Bird Productions, NY
Penumbra Theatre Company, St. Paul, MN
Rude Mechs, Austin, TX
The Rude Mechanicals, Richland, WA
Salvage Vanguard, Austin, TX
Savage Umbrella, Minneapolis, MN
ScriptWorks, Austin, TX
Second Generation, New York, NY
Teatro Vivo, Austin, TX
Ten Thousand Things, Minneapolis, MN
The Arson Theater
The Gift Theatre, Chicago, IL
The MITTEN Lab, Bear Lake, MI
Theatre Novi Most, Minneapolis, MN
Transatlantic Love Affair, Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN
Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, IL
Women's Project Theater, New York, NY Click here for more information about The Jubilee initiative.

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