Developing an inclusive and anti-racist organization begins with developing a deep understanding of the systems of oppression that are endemic to the society in which your theatre business operates. Below are many books and articles that an individual can utilize to guide themselves through the process.


"Why I'm Not Racist is Only Half the Story" by Robin DiAngelo

“Racism Has a Cost for Everyone” by Heather C. McGhee

"The Racial Politics of Time" by Brittney Cooper

“The Limitations of Race in Theatre” by Aretha Pereira


"Why Seeing Yourself Represented on Screen is So Important" by Kimberly Lawson

"Why White People Shouldn't Impose Their Feelings Into Conversations on Race" by Shae Collins

"Performative Allyship is Deadly" by Holiday Phillips

"7 Examples of What Being an Ally at Work Really Looks Like" by Karen Catlin

"A Brief History of Black Hair, Politics, and Discrimination" by Jameelah Nasheed

"Why Racial Justice Work Needs to Address Settler Colonialism and Native Rights" by Rachel Kuo with Taté Walker

“How White People Got Made” by Quinn Norton

“Why Unconscious Bias Training Doesn’t Work” by Gregory Lewis

“White Conservatives and Black Lives” by Gregory Mengel

"The 10 R's of Talking About Race" by Dwight Smith

"When and How to Respond to Microaggressions" by Ella F. Washington, Alison Hall Birch, and Laura Morgan Roberts

"What I Think About When I Hear That Broadway is Racist" by Heathcliff Saunders


On Understanding Systems of Oppression

American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear by Khaled A. Beydoun

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi

Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad

No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement by Joseph P. Shapiro

Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy DeGruy

Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation by Leo Chavez

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

White Like Me by Tim Wise

Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White by Frank Wu

On Inclusive Business Strategy

How to Be an Inclusive Leader by Jennifer Brown

On Inclusive Theatre

America in the Round: Capital, Race, and Nation at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage by Donatella Galella

The Arden Research Handbook of Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance by Peter Kirwan and Kathryn Prince, featuring the chapter "Pedagogy: Decolonizing Shakespeare on stage" by Andrew James Hartley, Kaja Dunn and Christopher Berry

Staging Sex by Chelsea Pace

Breaking It Down: Audition Techniques for Actors of the Global Majority by Nicole Hodges Persley and Monica White Ndounou

Black Acting Methods by Sheryl D. Luckett & Tia M. Shaffer