I Will Not Perform at iO until Until the Following Demands Are Met

I'm an iO Chicago alum. I can attest to the lack of opportunities that I had while at iO. There were some good instructors. Even one who chastised a classmate of mine for making an off-color comment during a scene we were in. If inclusion for all was fully embraced I feel that would have never happened. BIPOC are made to feel like outsiders in the classroom, during shows, and the community overall. While this isn't a reflection on everyone, the stain and discomfort is present. I stopped attending shows two years ago and I have become discouraged from returning.

Ernest Shepard, Chicago, IL, United States
1 year ago
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