Theatre Bay Area Chatterbox

Thursday, December 17, 2009

No, really, we must start thinking about diversity!

I feel like I've been going on forever about how white populations are precipitously heading toward the minority in the Bay Area, since I saw this presentation from the San Francisco Foundation that said, well, that white populations would in fact be the minority in all five Bay Area counties SFF serves by 2050. In fact, there will be no majority population much more quickly than that, and certain counties like Contra Costa and Alameda will reach a Hispanic majority within the next 20 years.

And now here's this New York Times story by Sam Roberts that essentially outlines the same projections for the entire country, per the U.S. Census Bureau. Depending on whether immigration continues at the same level as it has been or continues at a slower pace (those are really the two options), whites will be in the minority nationally between 2040 and 2050.

Why is this important? It is faulty logic to think that an arts infrastructure that creates work for and relies primarily on the attendance of white audiences will be able to sustain itself when projections are showing 20-30 percent drops in white population in the next 40 years. And right now, no one seems to care. Recently, we did a study of how our 100 Free Night of Theater companies are approaching non-white audiences. Here are some bullet points from the study, which is still being processed:

  • 39% of companies claimed no African-American or Asian-American audience share. Almost half (44%) claimed no Hispanic audience share. For comparison, the SFF study puts the current ethnic distributions for those three communities as 8% African-American, 23% Asian-American, and 22% Hispanic in the 5 Bay Area counties.

  • Of those that claimed some non-white audience share, the average claim was 7% for African-American and Hispanic, and 12% for Asian-American.

  • 85% of companies were producing shows that they self-reported as not particularly resonating with non-white audiences of any ethnicity.

  • 88% of companies were planning no particular outreach to non-white populations.

I find these numbers incredibly frustrating. I know it's hard, and I know there's a lot of nuance in the conversation. And I know it's such a hard conversation to have with companies, especially because there are few stories of organizations who have (1) had the impetus to become more inclusive and (2) succeeded. But this isn't a thought exercise anymore.

Mission Paradox, in a post spawned from discussions on Arena Stage's diversity conference (read more at their New Play Development Program blog), argues that companies all fall into one of the following groups, and then suggests a path forward:

1. The Sincere Effort Group - They have the support, the money and the time. At most these groups will need help and guidance on the strategy side of the ledger. They want to diversify, but they may not be sure how, or confident in their ability to do so. This group deserves all the help, encouragement and guidance they can get.

2. The Scared - These people have some sort of fear barrier stopping them from diversifying. Fear of losing audience. Fear of losing money. Whatever. This group should be supported and encouraged . . . to a point. Some organizations spend their entire life cycle scared, that's just how it goes.

3. The "Other Priority" Group - These organizations have decided, for whatever reasons, that other initiatives are more important then a diversity effort. I think we, as an industry, should respect the decision this group makes. Maybe it's a bad decision. Hell, it is probably a bad decision. But groups have the right to make bad decisions.

4. The "No Desire" Group - This group has no desire to diversify. Who really cares why they feel that way? The only thing that matters is that they made that choice.
Again, that's a perfectly acceptable decision to make.

I think our job as a field is to look at each organization and figure out which "diversity category" they fit in.

Then we deal with them accordingly.

Our job is not to move people from one category to another. That's a choice only they can make. Embrace the ones that want change. Support the ones that need help. Wish the rest of them the best of luck and send them on their merry way.


It's a hard line, but honestly if we're talking about a crisis of relevance (and when aren't we talking about a crisis of relevance?) then diversity has to be part of the conversation.


What group do you belong to?

Labels: , , , , , , ,

69 Comments:

At June 15, 2016 at 2:19 AM , Blogger Elizabeth Stratton said...

I just loved your way of presentation..Its something unique. A matter to be discussed of. Thanks for sharing it here.
Best essay writing service

 
At August 13, 2016 at 12:33 AM , Blogger Dissertation Writing said...

This is a good topic now this world. Large data-set studies have an obvious limitation: they only show that diversity is correlated with better performance, not that it causes better performance.
Dissertation writing service usa

 
At August 30, 2016 at 12:32 AM , Blogger Michael Jones said...

Writing an assignment is not something every students enjoys, you might be the same as well. Opt for our assignment writing service and get it written by professional assignment help experts.Assignment Help

 
At March 23, 2017 at 4:07 AM , Blogger Assignment Help said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

 
At June 21, 2017 at 7:24 AM , Blogger Marcelus-Author said...

For brilliant accounting tips. Leasing and Off-Balance-Sheet Financing

 
At July 10, 2017 at 7:42 PM , Blogger Kingston Germann said...

I fully agree with you. Congratulations on sharing such a detailed post. Many thanks for sharing this. Have a super nice day.

Online Assignment Help for Australian Students

 
At August 7, 2017 at 1:36 AM , Blogger DissertationHelpUK said...

You got a definitely helpful blog I've been right here reading for about an hour. I'm a newbie and your accomplishment is quite a lot an inspiration for me. DissertationHelpUK

 
At August 8, 2017 at 11:30 PM , Blogger Assignment Help said...

Everything is good enough and the website is very well designed well!
Assignment Help Melbourne

 
At August 12, 2017 at 4:39 PM , Blogger قمم التميز said...

شركة مكافحة حشرات
تهتم شركة قمم التميز باعمال الرش والقضاء على الحشرات المنزلية فمهما كانت المعاناة ومهما كانت كمية الحشرات التى تعانى منها فتعاون مع افضل شركة تهتم بهذه الخدمة الان شركة مكافحة الثعابين بالرياض
الحشرات المنزلية من المشكلات التى تعانى منها البيوت ، وخصوص فى المناطق المرتفعة فيها الحرارة ، وحيث تنشر الحشرات فى المنزل وقد تسبب متاعب كثيرة وأمراض خطيرة .
وللحماية منزلك من الحشرات ومنع دخولها ويمكن ان نطرح بعض النصائح :
*الحرص على النظافة الدائمة للمنزل ،
*التهوية الجيدة لغرف المنزل ودخول أشعة الشمس لقتل الحشرات التى لا ترى إلا بالعين المجردة . مكافحة حشرات
*التخلص من القمامة أول بأول حتى لا تكون عرضه للأنتشار الحشرات .
نتظيف خزانات الطعام وتهويتها جيدة، والتخلص من الفضلات ، وغلق المحكم للبرطمانات للطعام التى تواجد فى خزانة حتى لا تكون مصدر لتسرب الحشرات .
*وضع سلك شبكة صغير الحجم على النوافذ والأبواب ، وسد الثقوب والشقوق بالأسمنت اوجبس ،لكى لا تتسرب الحشرات منها .
*تنظيف الأطباق وأوانى الطعام بعد استعمالها مباشرة ، لأنها قد تسبب فى خروج الحشرات من المكان التى تعيش فيه .
*عدم ترك فضلات الطعام على مائدة الطعام ، وتنظيف بصفة دورية تمنع من أنتشار الحشرات والوقاية منها . شركة مكافحة حشرات
وهناك حشرات متعددة قد تسبب للأنسان أزعاج دائم ومنها : النمل والصراصير والبق والذباب والناموس والفئران .
النمل نوعان * النمل عادى مصدر غذائه فضلات الطعام ويعيش فى ثقوب وشقوق المنزل . مكافحة حشرات بالرياض
والنمل الأبيض يسمى ( العتة) وهو يحتاج إلى طعام الدائم لكى يبقى على قيد الحياة ، مصدر غذائه السكر (الجلكوز) الموجود فى الخشب ، و المتواجد فى الأبواب والنوافذ والأثاث ، وقد يسبب خطر كبير على منزلك فالنمل الأبيض يعمل ممرات ويقوم بتأسيس بيت له أسفل المنزل ، ويكون دمار بمرور الوقت وأضرار فادحة لايمكن اصلاحها إلا بعد فوات الآوان .
ويمكن التخلص من النمل الأبيض برش مبيدات كيمائية مخصص لها أثناء بناء الأثاث فى الأرض ، وعند تركيب الأبواب التأكيد من أغلاق جميع الفتحات فى جوانب الباب وألأفضل تركيب الأبواب بالمفاصل وليس بالمواد اللزقة ، وعند شراء الأثاث الضغط على الخشب وتأكد مدى قوتها وعدم أصابتها بالنمل الأبيض .
أما النمل العادى التى يتواجد المطبخ يمكن التخلص منه بقليل من الصودا المخلوطة بالسكر وضعها فى الثقوب والفتحات التى تخرج منها فالنمل يموت فى الحال .
فى خزانة الطعام نضع فيها قليل من القهوة المرة أو الفلفل غير المطحون فهو يخلصك من النمل نهائيا وكذلك الحشرات الأخرى . مكافحة الفئران بالرياض
وللمحافظة على الملابس من العتة تنظيفها بالفرشاة لأزلة ما يعلق من بويضات أوديدان صغيرة الحجم ، وضع معها قليل النفتالين او الصابون المعطر.
الفئران يتم التخلص منها بأستعمال المصائد التى توضع فيها الطعم ، مع الحذر من لمسها لأن الفئرات تشم رائحة الأنسان فتمتنع عن دخولها .
ويمكن وضع عشب البابونج البرى فى الأماكن التى تسكنها الفئران فتهرب من رائحتة بسرعة لأنها لا تحبه ، ولأنها البابونج رائحه قوية ونفاذة وخانقة للفئران .




 
At August 19, 2017 at 12:57 AM , Blogger admin said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

 
At August 20, 2017 at 10:10 PM , Blogger admin said...

Blogs Comments

 
At August 29, 2017 at 8:32 PM , Blogger Assignment Help said...

My friend mentioned to me your blog, so I thought I’d read it for myself. Very interesting insights, will be back for more!
Free Assignment Samples

 
At September 22, 2017 at 3:27 AM , Blogger amara zoe said...

Thanks for sharing..keep posting..
Assignment Help

 
At October 19, 2017 at 10:43 PM , Blogger Furnish My Place said...

Kas Rugs
We provide all kind of best rugs online in USA.
We deals in Kaleen Rugs, Dalyn Rugs, Colonial Mills, Nourison Rugs, Rizzy Rugs, Karastan Rugs, Momeni Rugs, Rugs America, Kas Rugs, Transocean Rugs, Chandra Rugs.

 
At October 25, 2017 at 3:06 AM , Blogger UKEssay Papers said...

I loved the post, keep posting interesting post. I will be regular a reader...
UKEssayPapers

 
At December 19, 2017 at 2:25 AM , Blogger talha said...

Make My Assignments|Assignment help make customized assignments. Our team of experts is ready to make your assignments 24x7. We provide 100% Plagiarism free work
Best Marketing assignment help service at affordable prices that too plagiarism free
Get the best assignment help service from leading assignment help service provider in UK, USA, and Australia- www.makemyassignments.co.nz

 
At December 19, 2017 at 2:25 AM , Blogger talha said...

I am very happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that’s at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best posting. candid photographers | Freelance jobs | freelance web designer |

 
At January 31, 2018 at 10:58 PM , Blogger MyAssignmenthelp.com said...

Students who are in USA can now get a good quality essay help paper from MyAssignmenthelp.com. It is guaranteed to customers that the papers that they give meet the high university standards.

 
At March 15, 2018 at 3:42 AM , Blogger Rebecca Virginia said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

 
At March 22, 2018 at 3:57 AM , Blogger Keira Doltan said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

 
At April 1, 2018 at 11:02 PM , Blogger amulya katti said...

SSC exams take massive effects in the student’s life, and these are the first public examinations for the students, so students are worrying about the results, they are very panic about the examination results.

upresults.nic.in

 
At April 26, 2018 at 10:31 PM , Blogger Students Assignment Help said...

Receive my homework help reviews services at Students Assignment Help. Our expert assignment writers have gained their degrees from the most reputed universities of the UK, Australia, and Singapore. They are expert in homework writing with the standard quality.

 
At April 27, 2018 at 12:12 AM , Blogger MyAssignmentHelpAu said...

Thank You So Much For providing the important information.
I am Max Willor, SEO Expert in a reputed company. All of your information is very useful to me. I am working as an academic consultant in Australia and offer Excellent My Assignment Help Services to college students.

 
At April 27, 2018 at 12:14 AM , Blogger MyAssignmentHelpAu said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

 
At May 2, 2018 at 12:28 AM , Blogger yoslon usa said...

I am very happy to read this Bread Oven

 
At May 3, 2018 at 5:17 AM , Blogger Harry Leo said...

Good to heard about that Macbook Pro rental

 
At May 31, 2018 at 10:32 AM , Blogger Alex daina said...

Payday advances are a transient loan, when it is required the most...usually between paydays! Payday credits are an awesome method to get some money to hold you over to your next paycheck. Payday Loans Chicago

 
At May 31, 2018 at 8:54 PM , Blogger Xinda 1987 said...

3、
coach factory store

adidas outlet store

ferragamo outlet

christian louboutin outlet

nike outlet store

christian louboutin

cheap jordan shoes

cheap jordans

coach outlet online

mowang05-30

 
At June 5, 2018 at 1:37 AM , Blogger james cook said...

Great post! I am actually getting ready to across this information, is very helpful my friend. Also great blog here with all of the valuable information you have. Keep up the good work you are doing here.
allassignmenthelp reviews

 
At June 8, 2018 at 2:37 AM , Blogger needcdrreport said...

Thanks on your blog posting! I certainly enjoyed reading it. I will remember you as a back from now on. I want to encourage you to continue your great writing. We also provide blog CDR Report Help Australia.

 
At July 5, 2018 at 11:17 PM , Blogger Assignment Help said...

Your blog posts are more interesting and impressive. I think there are many people like and visit it regularly, including me.I actually appreciate your own position and I will be sure to come back here. Assignment Help Experts offers Online Assignment Help and Assignment Writing services in Australia and US. Paper will written by US and Australian Experts.

 
At July 9, 2018 at 3:43 AM , Blogger assignmenthelp said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

 
At July 19, 2018 at 12:42 AM , Blogger UKDissertationHelp said...


I loved the post, keep posting interesting posts. I will be a regular reader…
I am offering Dissertation help to students in UK at low price.

 
At July 27, 2018 at 12:25 AM , Blogger MyAssignmentHelpSG said...

I am happy to find this post very useful for me, as it contains lot of information. I always prefer to read the quality content and this thing I found in you post. Thanks for sharing. Visit here: Assignment Help

 
At July 27, 2018 at 3:05 AM , Blogger FirstAssignmentHelp said...

Thanks for sharing such a nice piece of information to us. This is very knowledgeable for me.
I am John and i am offering Assignment help to students of Australia and all over the world.

 
At August 6, 2018 at 11:39 PM , Blogger FirstAssignmentHelp said...

Thanks for sharing such a nice piece of information to us. This is very knowledgeable for me. I am John and i am offering Assignment Help to students of Australia and all over the world.

 
At August 7, 2018 at 12:15 PM , Blogger talha said...

Great site and a great topic as well I really get amazed to read this. It’s really good. I like viewing web sites which comprehend the price of delivering the excellent useful resource free of charge. antique brass handicrafts

 
At August 7, 2018 at 12:15 PM , Blogger talha said...

I am very happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the random misinformation that’s at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this best posting. Cost Accounting Assignment Help

 
At August 8, 2018 at 4:01 AM , Blogger Nikki Heysen said...

Don't worry about the Online Assignment Writing Helpers we are having best team of assignment writing experts with great knowledge in all the academic field. Don't search more for the online assignment helpers in USA then StudentsAssignmentHelp.com is your destination.

 
At August 9, 2018 at 3:21 AM , Blogger William Lucas said...

you are right we should think about diversity in all aspects. My Assignment Help

 
At August 9, 2018 at 9:04 PM , Blogger Alex daina said...

That is a lot of cash when you just have one to three months to pay it back. Purchasers be careful: when contemplating going out on a limb vehicle title credit, consider these money related entanglements previously you make all necessary endorsements. auto title loans chicago

 
At August 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM , Blogger Nikki Heysen said...

StudentsAssignmentHelp.com is here for the best and Funny Persuasive Speech Topics for all the university learners. We help you maintain your academic standards by offering high-quality work at a good price.

 
At August 16, 2018 at 12:08 AM , Blogger Michael Jones said...

All Assignment Help is a web portal where students get help in making assignments for all the subjects, with the help of our experts. You will get 100% plagiarism free assignment. Expert’s consultation is also available for students. If they have any query they can contact with our experts anytime.
Law assignment help

 
At August 17, 2018 at 1:20 AM , Blogger Liam said...

This is where you might have started your search for assignment help.The previous consumers give their feedback on the website to let the other users know about the quality of their service. For example, if you go to the All Assignment Help reviews, you can get to know the opinion of different users about their services. You can also check other websites to compare and select the best service for you. my assignment help review

 
At August 26, 2018 at 11:22 PM , Blogger Students Assignment Help said...

Students Assignment Help provides report writing help assistance to students by its professional writers hold master’s and Ph.D. degrees. Our assignment writers have earned their degrees from top universities. Contact us through email at info@studentsassignmenthelp.com or WhatsApp no. +44-7555-36-9184

 
At August 31, 2018 at 10:48 PM , Blogger petterson said...

This is a wonderful constrain. I enjoyed the accruement lot. I acquisition scoring this communicator. Thanks for cropped this mensurable nub.
phd dissertation Writing Service

 
At September 3, 2018 at 4:23 AM , Blogger Olivia Jackson said...


A CDR Report is a vessel through which engineers looking forward to getting a Skilled Migration visa for Australia can prove their competencies. The Engineers Australia (EA) – the assessing authority for skilled immigration applications – prescribes certain guidelines on how to prepare your CDR.

https://www.cdrreport.org/

CDR Report Writing Help

 
At September 13, 2018 at 4:40 AM , Blogger Hire Laptops said...

This is an outstanding post Thanks!
https://www.hirelaptops.co.uk/led-monitor-touch-screen-hire/

 
At September 24, 2018 at 12:37 AM , Blogger Amy Willor said...

A high-standard post with all imperative information about Assignment Help UK services. Looking forward to avail the premium services.

 
At October 1, 2018 at 12:54 AM , Blogger Sophia Smith said...

Get CDR Report Writing Help by a team of professionals. Our Services consists of a wide range of CDR Reports. Our services include CDR Preparation, Complete CDR Writing Help, career episodes for engineers Australia, Summary Statement Writing, CDR Australia Review Writing and CDR Report Editing as well.

 
At October 10, 2018 at 8:00 PM , Blogger eric yao said...

Coach Factory Coach Factory Outlet Coach Outlet Online Fila Outlet Balenciaga Shoes Cheap Kate Spade Handbag Kate Spade Outlet Air Max Tn Plus Nike Air Max
Victoria Secret Outlet

 
At October 16, 2018 at 5:48 PM , Blogger mycoursehelp said...

Thank you for posting such a great blog! I found your website perfect for my needs. It contains wonderful and helpful posts. Keep up the good work. Thank you for this wonderful Blog!
Visit: Homework Help

 
At October 17, 2018 at 3:54 AM , Blogger Nikki Heysen said...

You can get the top level students assignment helps services from the professional experts in the field. Online writers is continue working to supply you the best academic writing material and make you class topper. Just visit at StudentsAssignmentHelp.com and get an opportunity to get academic success.

 
At October 24, 2018 at 1:30 AM , Blogger Emma Jolie said...

Taking assignment help from a pool of world’s best assignment experts is the best choice you could make. Students often miss the assignment submissions, leading to score low grades. This is the moment MyAssignmentMart is considered to be the best companion of a student in need of online assignment help. we have a dedicated team of writers who provide you with top quality engineering assignment help, mechanical engineering assignment help, electronics assignment help, and more.

 
At October 24, 2018 at 4:14 AM , Blogger Aditya Negi said...

GotoAssignemntHelp offers the best Case Study Assignment Help Online in Australia and assignment writing services in Australia, UK & USA.
Hire professional case study writers
Buy Cheap Case Studies Online
Management Assignment Help Online

marketing management assignment help online

help with nursing assignment online

finance assignment help online
help with personal finance assignment

help with corporate finance planning assignment online

 
At October 27, 2018 at 12:04 AM , Blogger Nikki Heysen said...

Expert in UK StudentsAssignmentHelp.com is continue giving excellent Write My Assignment In Uk services for all the academic learners. We works with the best in field such as IT, law, management, nursing, history, English, mass communication, sociology and many more. Our writers are always ready to guide you in completing your assignment well.

 
At November 2, 2018 at 5:20 AM , Blogger Needy News said...

It is very hard to find such informative blog on this topic. I am glad that I have come across this one. I was able to understand the topic from a fresh new perspective.
Read about the powerful virus scanner for windows, an antivirus to deliver powerful, real-time protection from the latest, malware threats.

 
At November 3, 2018 at 4:03 AM , Blogger Marcelus-Author said...

A very brilliant website.Also, check Accounting assignment online for all your financial accounting needs

 
At November 5, 2018 at 4:29 AM , Blogger William Lucas said...

It is one of the most important thing we come across through out our life and we should not depend on one thing.

How to write a college Essay

 
At November 15, 2018 at 10:09 PM , Blogger Nikki Heysen said...

Are you looking for professional Homework Helpers Canada to score the best academic grades? Then StudentsAssignmentHelp.com is the best assignment writing company for you. Our Canadian experts are certified experts and hold great knowledge in completing all your academic task.

 
At November 19, 2018 at 11:13 PM , Blogger John Bravo said...


I went to this website, and I believe that you have a plenty of excellent information, I have saved your site to my bookmarks.
If you Search for Quality Assignment Help then Complete My Assignment is the best provider..

 
At November 22, 2018 at 3:33 AM , Blogger Assignment Help said...

What a truly amazing post this is. Really, outstanding amongst other presents. We do Assignment Help for all the students!!! complete my assignment

 
At November 26, 2018 at 10:46 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I regularly visit this site to check out the articles and news and sometimes for fun.
However, it has been a while that you have shared some news about Best Parental Control App 2019.

 
At November 28, 2018 at 2:26 AM , Blogger onlinecontentwritinghelp said...

It’s good to know about your blog and its post. You have done pretty impressive work on this blog and it posts, Keep up doing well. reasearch paper help

 
At November 28, 2018 at 3:25 AM , Blogger android app development company said...

Thanks for sharing this valuable information to the users. Keep it up. I have found a good info regarding iphone app development company USA, Have a look over there.

 
At November 29, 2018 at 12:26 AM , Blogger app development company said...

Thanks for sharing this valuable information to the users. Keep it up. I have found a good info regarding ipad app development company USA, Have a look over there.

 
At November 29, 2018 at 10:21 PM , Blogger Students Assignment Help said...

Unlike other assignment help agency Students Assignment Help charge low from its valuable customers for its assignment writing UK services and also keep the personal information of the clients confidential. So don’t miss the chance and hire our services now, email us at info@studentsassignmenthelp.com

 
At December 3, 2018 at 1:33 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

This is a great post thanks for the information!
https://oneworldrental.com.au/

 
At December 14, 2018 at 1:13 AM , Blogger Nathan William said...

The demand for electrical engineers in Australia is growing at an exponential rate. It is due to this reason; experienced, as well as, fresh electrical engineers are always on the search for expert cdr report writers.
A summary statement is the most confusing part of a CDR. It is due to this reason; expert Cdr Australia writers always advise the applicants to keep their cool while writing this part of the report. In this section, you are required to analyze and state that you have portrayed all the skill and knowledge that is required for the given occupational category.

 

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home