Photo from ANTARCTICA, WI. First Stage, 2018. Photo by Paul Ruffolo.

We strive to work together with our community to build a better future for all of us.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice

Statement of Solidarity

We know that our choice of stories we tell and the teams we assemble to bring them to life play a critical role in providing opportunities for our audiences to gain insight to, and empathy for, other cultures and heritages while promoting awareness of, and progressive action on, issues of social responsibility and justice in our society. We acknowledge that we have not taken strong enough action and that we must do better.

This is a long term commitment from across our First Stage family and we will be held accountable to our commitment through our mission and vision. We will keep you updated on concrete action steps we will be taking to address the inequities within our organization and with our processes, but know that:

We pledge to listen more closely to people of color voices that for too long have been silenced and ignored, and to work to amplify those voices and their stories, their realities.

We strive to work together with our community to build a better future for all of us.

First Stage has compiled this Resource Guide for Families, containing resources, articles, tools, and activities for your family to engage with to continue these important conversations and move beyond words into action. This page also includes a small sample of links to resources to learn, listen, and support.

If you have questions, comments, feedback, our would like to lend your time, voice, and talents to our work, please contact us at EDIJ@firststage.org.

ACT FREE By Idris Goodwin

Stream on YouTube starting June 19

In commemoration of Juneteenth on June 19, we look back to our fall virtual production of Idris Goodwin’s short play ACT FREE which was inspired by the events of that day in 1865, in which the final emancipation order was read aloud in Texas, two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Let us celebrate Juneteenth together as a way to educate, communicate and activate ourselves towards equality, liberation and justice. 

ACT FREE
By Idris Goodwin
Directed by Ann Joseph Douglas
Featuring Angel Rivera, Ailie Snyder and Isabelle Williams
Recommended for families with young people ages 9 & up

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Resource Guide for Families

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Black Lives Matter in Theatre for Young Audiences

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Black Lives Matter

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Hours Against Hate

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Rid Racism Milwaukee

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Campaign Zero

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NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

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Talking About Race

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