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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. and More Sign Open Letter About Racism in Theater Industry

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. and More Sign Open Letter About Racism in Theater Industry

  • Theater actors have signed an open letter to "White American Theater” calling for change within the industry.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr. and More Sign Open Letter About Racism in Theater Industry

Theater actors have released the open letter addressed to “White American Theater” to tackle the lack of diversity, discrimination, and neglect of people of color within the theater industry.

Stars including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Viola Davis, Sandra Oh, Uzo Aduba, Sterling K. Brown, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Danai Gurira, Andre Holland, Conrad Ricamora, Tanya Saracho, Anika Noni Rose, Jessica Hagedorn, Leslie Odom Jr., Katori Hall are among those who signed the letter.

The letter sternly calls out the industry stating “We See You” as a way of explaining everything people of color had had to endure.

“We come together as a community of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
(BIPOC) theatremakers, in the legacy of August Wilson’s “The Ground on
Which I Stand,” to let you know exactly what ground we stand on in the wake
of our nation’s civic unrest,” said the letter. “We see you. We have always seen you. We have watched you pretend not to see us.”

“We stand on this ground as BIPOC theatremakers, multi-generational, at varied stages in our careers, but fiercely in love with the Theatre. Too much to continue it under abuse. We will wrap the least privileged among us in protection, and fearlessly share our many truths,” the letters ends. “About theatres, executive leaders, critics, casting directors, agents, unions, commercial producers, universities and training programs. You are all a part of this house of cards built on white fragility and supremacy. And this is a house that will not stand.”

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The letter signs off with The Ground We Stand On before listing the names of those who signed the letter. The full letter is available on their new website along with a petition to sign to get changes in progress: https://www.weseeyouwat.com/

Full list of signatures:

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Emika Abe
Christopher Acebo
Amelia Acosta-Powell
Will Adams
Keith Josef Adkins
Uzo Aduba
Saheem Ali
Luis Alfaro
Nyahale Allie
Raquel Almaƶán
Christina Anderson
Nicco Annan
Nissy Aya
Stori Ayers
Dede Ayite
Nicholas Avila
De’Adre Aziza
Travis Ballenger
Taylor Barfield
Aziza Barnes
Francois Battiste
Lawrence Bennett
Christopher Berry
Sheldon Best
Hilary Bettis
Cecil Blutcher
Raymond Bobgan
Elisa Bocanegra
Keith Arthur Bolden
Freedome Bradley
Charlotte Braithwaite
Phillip James Brannon
Daniel Breaker
Nicole Brewer
Steve Broadnax III
Danielle Brooks
Ryan Broussard
Camille A. Brown
Sterling K Brown
Daniel Bryant
Emilya Cachapero
Kristen Adele Calhoun
Darren Canady
Tatyana-Marie Carlo
José Casas
Lolita Chakrabarti
Sydney Charles
Hope Chávez
Kirsten Childs
Karen Chilton
Wilson Chin
Linda Cho
Jenna Chrisphonte
Lap Chi Chu
Mia Chung
Marie Cisco
Wardell Julius Clark
Mica Cole
Garlia Cornelia
Rodrick Covington
Behzad Dabu
Malcolm Darrell
Glenn Davis
Josiah Davis
Shiela Kay Davis
Viola Davis
Robin De Jesús
Sabine Decatur
Guadalís del Carmen
Lelai Demoz
Snehal Desai
Ty Defoe
Lydia Diamond
Annalisa Dias
Kristoffer Diaz
Noah Diaz
Crystal Dickinson
Kelvin Dinkins Jr.
Brandon Dirden
Jason Dirden
Timothy Douglas
Colman Domingo
Bjorn DuPaty
Iyvon Edibiri
Alan Edwards
Cynthia Erivo
Georgina Escobar
Eden Espinosa
Larissa FastHorse
Evelina Fernandez
Lady Dane Edidi Figueroa
Robert Barry Flemming
Kamilah Forbes
Inda Craig Galvan
Maija Garcia
Dawn-Lyen Gardner
Leah C. Gardiner
Marcus Gardley
Nataki Garrett
Patricia Garza
Deeksha Gaur
Adriana Gaviria
Asmeret Ghebremichael
Seth Gilliam
Keelay Gipson
Isaac Gomez
Maria Manuela Goyanes
Donnetta Lavinia Grays
Chester Gregory
Kimberly Hebert Gregory
Danai Gurira
Katori Hall
Jessica Hagedorn
Deadria Harrington
Leah Harris
Brian Tyree Henry
Carmen Herlihy
John Michael Hill
Ron Himes
Chaz Shermill Hodges
Seena Hodges
William Hodgson
Andre Holland
Ike Holter
Cooper Howell
Timothy Huang
Quiara Alegria Hudes
Jasmine Hughes
Yon Tande Whitney V. Hunter
Khiyon Hursey
Chisa Hutchison
David Henry Hwang
Naomi Iizuka
James Ijames
Daniel K. Isaac
Leslie Ishii
Korey Jackson
Toussaint Jeanlouis
Sharifa Johka
Cyndii Johnson
Leslie K. Johnson
Tiffany Johnson
Millicent Johnnie
Albert Jones
Daniel Alexander Jones
Omi Osun Joni L. Jones
Marshall Jones
Cookie Jordan
Rajiv Joseph
Elizabeth Judd
Jenny Jules
Jamil Jude
Hansol Jung
Tinashe Kajese
Joaquina Kalukango
Mia Katigbak
Nambi E. Kelley
Hailey Kilgore
Jenny Koons
Kwame Kwei-Armah
Daniel Kyri
L’Oreal Lampley
Suttirat Larlarb
Sanaa Lathan
Bryan Joseph Lee
Haruna Lee
Adrian Lester
Zhailon Levingston
Jose Llana
Kristolyn Lloyd
Eric Lockley
Jean “Papa Jean” Lodescar
Kamilah Long
Sky Lakota Lynch
Mandi Madsen
Arnulfo Maldonado
Sandra Marquez
Janio Marrero
Ken-Matt Martin
LeRoy McClain
Forrest McClendon
Tarell Alvin McCraney
James McDaniel
Patricia McGregor
Dianne McIyntre
Sheaun McKinney
Neel McNeill
Griffin Matthews
Alex Meda
Nidia Medina
Lindsay Mendez
David Mendizábal
Nina Angela Mercer
Dayron Miles
Ruthie Ann Miles
Patina Miller
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Loy Miranda
Simone Missick
Sam Morreale
Carmen Morgan
Dominique Morisseau
Tara Moses
Daaimah Mubashshir
Dipankar Mukherjee
Raelle Myrick-Hodges
Mary Kathryn Nagle
Brandon Nase
Meena Natarajan
J. Alphonse Nicholson
Lynn Nottage
Antoinette Nwandu
Evren Odcikin
Leslie Odom Jr.
Diana Oh
Sandra Oh
Robert O’Hara
Karen Olivo
Ian Olympio
Jacob G. Padrón
Jeffrey Page
Jiehae Park
Suzan-Lori Parks
Ralph Peña
Ronee Penoi
Rad Pereira
Roberta Pereira
Jesse J. Perez
Joel Perez
Lamar Perry
Ming Pfeiffer
Tyrone Phillips
Xavier Pierce
Karen Pittman
Gabrielle Fulton Ponder
Jeremy Pope
Sarah Porkalob
Billy Porter
Portia
Linda Powell
Will Power
Penny Pun
Brian Quijada
Issa Rae
Clint Ramos
Sofia Ramos
Otis Ramsey-Zoe
Condola Rashad
Conrad Ricamora
Cody Renard Richard
Andrew Rincón
Harrison David Rivers
David J. Roberts
Nicolette Robinson
Eric B. Robinson, Jr.
Stephanie Rolland
Anika Noni Rose
Erika Rose
Stacey Rose
Indhu Rubasingham
Elizabeth Salinas
Nikkole Salter
Derrick Sanders
Jude Sandy
Selene Santiago
Socorro Santiago
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Tanya Saracho
Madeline Sayet
Geoffrey Jackson Scott
Kimberly Scott
Seret Scott
Oz Scott
Hana Sharif
Drew Shade
Godfrey Simmons
Heather Alicia Simms
Britton Smith
Jamie Lincoln Smith
Keith Randolph Smith
Natasha Sinha
Aurin Squire
Vera Starbard
Harold Steward
David Stewart
DeLanna Studi
Mikaal Suleiman
Paul Tazewell
Julius Tennon
Kyle Vincent Terry
Eric Ting
Liesl Tommy
Blair Underwood
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Clyde Valentin
Jose Luis Valenzuela
Ryan Vasquez
Victor Vazquez
Nikki Vera
Regina Victor
Shay Wafer
Teresa Colman Walsh
Sharon Washington
Daryl Waters
Nicole A. Watson
Daniel J. Watts
Loy Webb
Rutina Wesley
Reggie White
Christian Dante White
Lilias White
Josh Wilder
Martin Damien Wilkins
James A. Williams
LA Williams
Tatiana Williams
Michelle Wilson
Emmanuel Wilson
Tracey Scott Wilson
Christopher Windom
Antonio Michael Woodard
Tamilla Woodard
Laurie Woolery
Charles Randolph Wright
Rhiana Yazzie
Anita Yavich
Stephanie Ybarra
Lauren Yee
Torange Yeghiazarian
Chay Yew
Pirronne Yousefzadeh
Karen Zacarias

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