Our Commitment to Anti-Racism
Who we are:
ArtsWest is a predominantly white theater institution that is committed to becoming an anti-racist theater. We understand that we have made errors and have much work before us. We welcome this work and we will do better. We will hold ourselves accountable and ask that our stakeholders, our artists, staff, board, patrons, donors, and volunteers also hold us accountable.
What we believe:
We believe that there are only two choices – racist or anti-racist. We recognize the definition of anti-racist theater to be that put forth by Nicole Brewer, founder of the Anti-Racist Theater (A.R.T.) movement. A.R.T. is defined as practices and policies that actively acknowledge and interrogate racism, anti-Blackness and other discriminatory practice, promoting anti-racist ideas, values, and policies that counter the oppression of any people during education or production of theatre.
We also believe that anti-racist theater is practiced in reciprocity with other anti-oppressive values, creating space for dismantling a myriad of oppressive constructs such as, but not limited to: sexism, ableism, paternalism, gender and sexual orientation discrimination, bias against Indigenous peoples, and patriarchy.
How we’ll move forward:
We have begun a rigorous examination of our core practices, values, and the existing structures of our organization, including what stories we tell, how we make and present them, who makes them and who hears them, and how we will hold ourselves accountable to this work. Below is a list of commitments we have made and work we are doing, to be updated regularly as we continue this journey. We’d like to express our gratitude to the framers of the We See You White American Theater documents, in addition to our local BIPOC theater communities, for their labor in helping define a path for change.
ArtsWest is pleased to welcome to the company an inaugural cohort of five Associate Artists, creating a new power-sharing model for curation and beyond in season programming. In collaboration with the Artistic and Managing Directors, this group will determine the upcoming season of programming as a collective, engaging in a collaborative exploration and decision making process.
A Very Merry Kraken Tea Party
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Featuring five new songs from powerhouse playwright/composer/lyricist Justin Huertas, A VERY MERRY KRAKEN TEA PARTY follows the characters of Justin’s 2019 ArtsWest hit THE LAST WORLD OCTOPUS WRESTLING CHAMPION.
As winter hits, the octopus Nia and Lee formed together has mysteriously separated and both have come ashore just as Todd and David are getting ready to celebrate their first Christmas together. With a new problem to solve, and with Grace away on tour in Thailand, all try to figure out how to celebrate holiday love with each other while they remain apart.
The show premieres via video streaming at 7pm on November 27th, but tickets are on sale now!
Multiple ticket prices offered to match patron accessibility: $10 – $100.
In case you didn’t see the original show or want to watch it with someone who hasn’t, Justin made a super handy recap!
Also, check out this segment the Seattle Channel did on us!
From the Blog
December 6th, 2019
By popular demand we’ve added a performance on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18th! Get your tickets now for this special additional performance and see why audiences are going HEAD OVER HEELS for this awesome musical with songs by The Go-Go’s and why Broadway World says “ArtsWest nails it!”