Plain Jane Theatre Commitment Against Racism And Oppression.

 

Hello,

 

I hope you are all well and safe during this incredibly powerful year of challenges. 

 

The following is a living statement and will be updated as I continue to learn, grow and make more meaningful changes toward our goal of anti-oppression here at Plain Jane Theatre.     

 

In alignment with our principles of building community through the joy of music and theatre, we are committed to taking an active role in dismantling racism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, ableism and other forms of oppression, marginalization and discrimination. 

 

I also realize that one aspect of oppressive behavior and structures is implicit bias, so I am actively engaged in acknowledging and bringing my biases to conscious awareness. I also understand that words can be just words so creating plans of action is important. 

 

I honor and am grateful for the long history and lineage of Indigenous, Black, People of Color, Queer and Trans Communities working diligently toward healing and social justice—bringing awareness to the need to uncover unconscious bias as part of healing for all people. 

 

Creating musical theatre can be a transformative experience so this anti-racist and anti-oppressive work must be ongoing. Building a creative and dynamic space where all peoples and stories are respected and celebrated onstage and off. 

 

I miss seeing you in the theatre and look forward to sharing the space with you again.

Thank you,

Kate Ryan, Plain Jane Theatre

ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan), Treaty 6/Métis Territory
Edmonton, Alberta