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Anti-Racist Theatre // Winter 2023
Monday, January 30, 2023, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
Category: Online-Only

Anti-Racist Theatre

Monday, January 30 and Monday, February 6, 2023
2:00pm - 5:00pm ET

Format: Two parts, Online only
Location: Zoom
Intended Audience: All who believe the way forward for theatre is anti-racist and anti-oppressive are welcome.
Participation Level: High - Participants are expected to attend both parts and participate in interactive exercises throughout the workshop.

Nicole Brewer, creator of Conscientious Theatre Training and originator of the Anti-Racist Theatre (A.R.T.) movement is teaching her unique approach which blends anti-racist theory, social justice, collectivism, healing justice, and theatre exercises for an embodied understanding of racism and our agency to become anti-racist. 

In this two-part six-hour course, Nicole offers participants tools to craft their own unique anti-racist theatre ethos and delve into the three core principles of anti-racist theatre: harm reduction, harm prevention, and relationship repair. Participants will be guided through self-reflection exercises designed to strengthen their analysis of their position, power, privilege and begin to uproot their racist practices, policies, and protocols. 

Nicole Brewer is a passionate advocate for anti-racist theatre. She has spent the last seven years refining and practicing an inclusive method of theatre training and practices which she calls Conscientious Theatre Training (CTT). She has authored several articles about the need for the theatre industry to shift from racist and oppressive models to anti-racist and anti-oppressive. Why Equity Diversity and Inclusion Are Obsolete was reported by American Theatre as one of their top ten most-read stories of 2019. Nicole is invited all over the US and Canada to teach and speak about CTT and facilitate anti-racist theatre (ART) workshops. She has also facilitated ART workshops in the UK and Australia providing workshops for The Globe, Cambridge University and NIDA. Nicole is frequently invited to share her work on CTT and ART at conferences such as ATHE, SETC, TCG, The Black Theatre Festival. Ms. Brewer is on faculty in the acting department at the Yale School of Drama. She has worked at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a premier performing arts high school in Washington D.C. as visiting faculty in acting. Nicole was visiting faculty at the National Theater Institute (NTI) for several years. She was faculty in the theatre department of Howard University for seven years and has also worked at Northern Virginia Community College and Montgomery College teaching acting and introduction to communications courses.

 As a professional director and member of SDC, Nicole recently directed Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror at Baltimore Center Stage and The Long Wharf as well as numerous projects as a guest director at colleges and universities across North America. Nicole Brewer earned her M.F.A. in Acting from Northern Illinois University and her B.F.A. from Howard University.

Hannah Fenlon (she/hers) is a cultural strategist, executive coach and arts administrator with a background in the performing arts and higher education. She is deeply interested in the power of bringing together creative people to increase our sense of shared purpose and to improve our social infrastructure. Lately, she has been serving as an organizational development and operations consultant, antiracism and anti-oppression facilitator, and leadership coach for partners across the country. She is committed to supporting organizations and groups seeking to dismantle and heal from white supremacy. Hannah's extensive experience in organizational change, grassroots anti-oppression practices and iPEC's (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) coaching philosophies enables her to create a holistic, multi-dimensional executive coaching experience for her clients.

Hannah was previously the associate director of conferences and fieldwide learning for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the alumni and communications manager for artEquity. Current and recent projects include: consulting with activist/author Valarie Kaur's Revolutionary Love Project (and Van Jones’ The Dream Corps) on the People’s Inauguration, member of the Freelance Artist Resource Producing Collective, associate with k+r strategies, and Senior Consultant with FARSIGHT. Hannah has had the privilege to serve as an antiracism facilitator, supporting the learning of organizations nationwide and leading workshops and trainings for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Carnegie Mellon University, On the Boards, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre, among others. She holds a MA in arts administration from Columbia University and a BA in drama from Kenyon College, and she has also worked with the Juilliard School, the University of Chicago, and numerous arts and culture organizations. She is a 2021 Citizen University Civic Saturday Fellow and currently lives in her home state of Indiana with her family and lots and lots of books. You can learn more about Hannah by visiting her website.


All A.R.T./New York virtual workshops, roundtables, and trainings feature automated captioning provided by Zoom. ASL interpretation and CART captioning services are available by request; requests must be made at least 5 business days before the event. For requests, accessibility information, or other accommodations please contact Ashley Hicks at [email protected].

Contact: [email protected]