Footlight Forum

Footlight Forum

The Footlight Forum is a monthly meeting place for anyone within our community to join in on conversations around Equity, Inclusion, Access, Representation, and Justice in the lives at MCC and as theatre artists. We are committed to promoting positive change for all members of our community.

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Discussion Guidelines:

Shared guidelines by The LARK Theatre

  • What is said here stays here, but what is learned here leaves here
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Active listening is essential
  • Listen for understanding, not in order to debate
  • Acknowledge power dynamics and imbalances inside and outside of the room
  • Be aware of your privileges
  • Be present
  • Be honest
  • Assume good intentions but acknowledge the impact
  • Ask clarifying questions if something is not clear
  • Educating others is a choice. We encourage self-education
  • Agree to disagree, but please do not disengage
  • Use I statements and avoid generalizations
  • Acknowledge that communication differences may be cultural (or may not be)
  • Address conflict directly if it arises – see it as a learning opportunity
  • Recognize everyone has different levels of comfort speaking in groups and be mindful of creating room and space for others to engage
  • Feel free to pass
  • Discomfort often precedes learning. Take risks
  • Note your emotional response and take care of yourself accordingly
  • If you need a moment, take a moment
  • Affirmations are encouraged

Additional Resources for this space:

MCC TFA Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion statement

MCC resource page

Guide to Allyship

Racial and Social Justice 101 by Ericka Hart

Howlround Theatre Commons

Sipping Tea Podcast