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Theatre Washington joins 24 arts service organizations in collective assertion of help for Nataki Garrett


Theatre Washington, together with a coalition of members of the Affiliation of Performing Arts Service Organizations throughout the USA and Canada, has launched an announcement of help and solidarity for Nataki Garrett, inventive director of the Oregon Shakespeare Pageant.

Garrett was featured in a Nationwide Public Radio story in September 2022 the place it was revealed that she has acquired dying threats because of her programming decisions that elevate up numerous artists and humanities leaders. She now travels with safety for public occasions.

Oregon Shakespeare Pageant Creative Director Nataki Garrett contained in the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland, Oregon. Picture by Michael Sullivan for NPR.

The next assertion of help has been co-signed by 24 arts service organizations throughout the USA and Canada:

As a global coalition of theatre and performing arts service organizations, we collectively voice our help, admiration, and respect for Nataki Garrett, Creative Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Pageant.

Ms. Garrett is a number one nationwide determine each as a theatre artist and an advocate for a society that’s extra equitable and simply. Arts organizations throughout the nation look to Oregon Shakespeare Pageant as a beacon of progress, creativity, and innovation on stage and off. It’s notable that whereas OSF has been a frontrunner within the work of diversifying inventive programming, artists, and employees for over a decade, it’s only now, when a Black girl is on the helm, that public resistance has taken the type of unconscionable threats of violence.

We denounce, within the strongest potential approach, any and all threats of violence towards artists and humanities leaders, and we’re significantly alarmed and disgusted by the layers of misogyny and racism that underlie the threats towards Ms. Garrett’s life.

Artists have at all times been on the forefront of imagining new worlds, encouraging empathy, and increasing the tales which might be informed. No artist must be made to concern for his or her life due to their artistic contributions or their private id.

Our organizations are charged with providing the humanities subject management via service. We’ve members in all fifty states and Canada. We’re a neighborhood of artists and leaders, all working towards a world the place the humanities can proceed to make the world higher, extra inclusive, and extra consultant of all folks’s lived expertise. We’re grateful to Nataki Garrett, in addition to the board, employees, and artists of the Oregon Shakespeare Pageant for his or her important management within the subject. We stand in solidarity with Ms. Garrett as she navigates these unacceptable threats of violence whereas persevering with to steer her group with the braveness, grace, artistry, and imaginative and prescient for which she is understood.

Sincerely,

Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York)
ArtPride New Jersey
Arts Directors of Shade Community
ArtsBoston
Asian American Arts Alliance
Austin Inventive Alliance
Boston Dance Alliance
Dance/USA
Larger Baltimore Cultural Alliance
Larger Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Encourage Washington
League of Chicago Theatres
Milwaukee Theatre Alliance
Minnesota Fringe Pageant
Nationwide Guild for Neighborhood Arts Training
New Jersey Theatre Alliance
Portland Space Theatre Alliance
StageSource
TDF
Theatre Bay Space
Theatre Communications Group
Theatre Philadelphia
Theatre Washington
Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts

To view the assertion and be taught extra about how Ms. Garrett and the Oregon Shakespeare Pageant Board of Trustees have responded to this example, please go to: njtheatrealliance.org/we-stand-with-nataki-garrett/
For directions on find out how to ship your personal assertion of help, please go to: dramatistsguild.com/information/dg-tcg-and-sta-statement-support-nataki-garrett

SEE ALSO: DC Theater Arts’ protection of Nataki Garrett’s directing within the DC space.

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