An Open Letter from the MSU Department of Theatre

The Michigan State University Department of Theatre stands in solidarity with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and commits to actively support the destruction of systemic racism. While this issue has received unprecedented global attention following the ruthless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Ahmaud Arbery, we recognize the responsibility we have to manifest our commitment in ways that extend beyond words.  

We commit to use the art of theatre in the name of constructive activism and to raise up the voices of historically marginalized groups. As a department, we have invested in programming and training to empower faculty, staff, and students to converse openly about racism, ethnic prejudice, implicit bias, and microaggressions. In classrooms, our syllabi include material that intentionally addresses issues of discrimination, abuse, and injustice. On stage, we will continue to place issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our season selection process. 

We still have more work to do. 

Theatre is a collaborative art form. It thrives in a transparent, open, trusting, and safe environment. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to use the tools of their theatre training, their interactive experiences, and the basic essence of human decency to advocate for a truly inclusive, diverse, and equitable MSU, United States, and global community.

Department of Theatre Advisory Committee
Kirk Domer, Department Chairperson
Philip Effiong, Associate Professor of Theatre Studies
Ann Folino White, Head of Theatre Studies and Management

Karen Kangas-Preston, Head of Design and Technology
Jason Price, Assistant Professor of Sound Design
Rob Roznowski, Head of Acting and Directing