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As an organisation, we wish to support dramaturgs to be rigorous in their anti-racist artistic practice.

The d'n has therefore been therefore collating resources and organising events which aim to interrogate traditional, Eurocentric dramaturgies and modes of storytelling. Some of our activities include.

  • for our d'n20 event, we hosted a roundtable on anti-racist dramaturgical practices, chaired by Dr Lynette Goddard. You can watch the video here, hosted by HowlRound;

  • we instigated and supported development of Sheffield Theatres' New Dramaturgs programme, to begin addressing the lack of diversity amongst English dramaturg;

  • we've convened multiple members' meetings to share experiences and strategies regarding to anti-racist practice;

  • and, of course, we've interrogated our own processes and practices as an organisation to ensure that our aims and actions continually strive for positive change.

anti-racist resources
created by other individuals, groups + organisations 

Open letter from playwrights of colour concerning the prioritisation of Eurocentric dramaturgies and modes of dramaturgical practice as 'best' and most 'universal'.

The letter, along with a response from the d'n Board's, is here. The original letter is here.

Website containing 'BIPOC Demands for White American Theater', a 7-month accountability report in response to these demands, and the 'Principles for Building Anti-Racist Theater Systems'

GoogleDoc containing articles, reports, websites, podcasts, books and other media relating to anti-racism and anti-racist practice in the arts.

Rider and accompanying checklist, offering a series of actions for anti-racist practice and giving a framework for discussion and support before and during a tour.

Developed through consultation with freelancers and organisations across England.

Felicia Rose Chavez's book The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to decolonize the creative classroom explores strategies for teaching creative writing, free of traditional models with reenforce the supremacy of white literature.

It's focus is on prose writing, but its analysis of creative writing pedagogy is equally applicable within theatrical settings.

Please note that these resources are conversation-starters and provocations to dramaturgs – they're by no means exhaustive. 

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