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AEDI Resources

Our department’s faculty, staff, and students would all benefit from engaging with the resources below. We must educate ourselves and examine the impact that racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of oppression have in our classrooms, rehearsal halls, and on our stages. We must acknowledge our role in perpetuating these forces in order to overcome them and create more equitable and inclusive spaces. This is not a quick or easy fix. It is in fact a “lifelong task.” This list focuses on educating and assessing ourselves. It is not comprehensive. It is a work in progress and all suggestions are welcome. Email us at

READ/LISTEN – Theatre Specific Content

READ – Books:

READ – Essays:

READ – Plays:

READ – Novels:

  • James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963) and Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953)
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)
  • Isabel Wilkderson, The Warmth of Other Suns (2010)
  • Tommy Orange, There, There (2018)
  • Angie Thomas, The Hate You Give (2017)
  • Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (2016)
  • Cherríe Moraga, Native Country of the Heart (2019)
  • Angie Cruz, Dominicana: A Novel (2019)
  • Jokha AlharthiI, Celestial Bodies (2018)
  • Zora Neal Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)

LISTEN – Podcast:

WATCH – Videos and Documentaries:

EXPLORE – Organizations and Publications:

NEXT STEPS – Gather with friends, family, and/or colleagues to discuss:

  • What information or point of view was new to you? What did you learn?
  • What surprised or challenged your beliefs in some way? Why?
  • What are you still wondering about?
  • What are your five main takeaways from your reading/listening/viewing?
  • Keep going! The work has just begun.

GET INVOLVED – Student Theatre Groups