Petition to Chicago Theater Community, Keisha Nickole, Matthew Pickett
Put "The African-American Experience: A Walk Through Time" on NATIONAL TOUR!
The African-American Experience: A Walk Through Time is an original musical production written by Alan R.H. Nettles. Nettles wrote the production when he was 13 years old, and it includes over 25 prominent black figures like Lucille Clifton, Langston Hughes, Fannie Lou Hamer, W.E.B. DuBois, Diana Ross, and more. Recently, he completed a revival of the show in collaboration with Community Academy of the Arts & Tennessee State University. The 1 night only event was met with a thunderous applause from the black community in Nashville, TN. The major consensus has been that a play such as this needs to tour the country. Children do not learn enough about Black American history in schools. The information isn't easily available. How can we expect our community to move forward without knowing from whence we came? It should be made accessible to communities all over the world. As stated in an interview with Cillea Houghton of Tennessee Tribune, "you see the stories of these historical characters evolve. We see their humanness. You see the progression in the African-American community and in the American community through this play from the beginning to the end of the show."
Petition to Theater Leaders
End the practice of white actors playing characters of color and create equity in casting
In light of recent casting controversies at Wisconsin’s American Players Theatre and St. Louis’s Municipal Opera Theater (The Muny) involving white actors cast in roles portraying people of color, we urge theater leaders across the country to reexamine their casting practices and policies in an attempt to avoid similar situations in the future. It is important to acknowledge that this practice has and continues to be widespread and pervasive. We can make this an issue of the past together. As Theatre Communications Group has articulated, “theatre has always been a place for transformation, however we must acknowledge the past oppressions and ongoing inequities facing people of color, including an uneven playing field where the vast majority of opportunities, onstage and off, are held by whites.” This statement is supported by a landmark 2017 study by Actors Equity Association which noted that there are stark and pervasive barriers to employment in our industry for people of color across all Equity contracts. From 2013 to 2015, 71% of principal contracts went to Caucasians, 7% to African Americans and barely 2% to Asian Americans. We must end the harmful practice of white actors playing characters of color while using every opportunity at our disposal to level the playing field. As agents of powerful change in our communities, we pledge to do our best to serve as examples and lead our communities toward a more equitable future. Signatures: Chad Bauman Managing Director, Milwaukee Repertory Theater Michael Barker Managing Director, Westport Country Playhouse Kevin Moore Managing Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville Rachel Grossman Co-Founder, Dog & Pony DC Cynthia FuhrmanManaging Director, Portland Center Stage Shawn LaCountArtistic Director, Company One Theatre Ellicia ElliottArtistic Director, The Rude Mechanicals John RooneyProfessional Leadership Programs Assistant, Steppenwolf Theatre Ilana BrownsteinDirector of New Work, Company One Theatre Ryan MeisheidAssociate Managing Director, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Tiffany WilhelmPittsburgh Hannah FenlonAssociate Director of Conferences & Fieldwide Learning, TCG
Petition to Malco Theater
Keep Frederica Alive!
Malco is moving to the other side of town. My petition is to keep the current Malco on Frederica street open and active. The Malco on Frederica would operate as the cheaper version, playing movies that have been out for a moment already, having a cheaper ticket price. A few theaters would also be used for live plays or dinner theaters, with Malco getting a percentage of ticket sales. We could also operate a projector outside for kid community picnics, or for a closer smaller version of a drive-in theater. Keeping Malco alive and active is crucial for business to strive on Frederica Street. Why let this landmark of a location turn into a ghost section of our town? Why keep some of us Owensboroans in a section of town where business are failing and closing or moving to highway 54? Owensboro is indeed growing so why can Malco not provide two locations to help provide a solution to overcrowding and adding more permanent jobs to our community? This is our town, let's make it the best we can.
Petition to The Los Alamos Public Schools Board
Save the Writing on the Walls.
The interior walls of Los Alamos High School's Duane Smith Auditorium are covered with the signatures of past students and those who have performed on stage. These walls are unable to be seen from the audience and do not effect performances held in the establishment. There are plans to cover these walls this summer. We want to show our school board that people want to preserve these walls that hold so much history, that we cherish this tradition. Every year seniors gather to make their mark, and this last year was more emotional than most. This is because we face the prospect of our names being lost for the sake of aesthetic appearance. Tears were shed for the years that will be wiped away. Do not let our tradition end and forsake the past, allowing it to be forgotten.