We want to thank everyone who donated to our GiveBIG page this year. Our initial goal of $8,765 was shattered twice! We ended the day with a total of $12,909 raised. Outstanding!
We’re more energized than ever to bring live theatre back into your hearts as we prepare to reopen with a brand new season this November. Our Associate Artists have been cooking up something amazing. Look out for the announcement of our 2021-2022 Season on June 15th!
RE:PLAY Max Marlett
We had the pleasure of sitting down with painter Max Marlett for our first ever RE:PLAY interview with a visual artist. Working between figurative and abstract subjects, Max’s paintings examine classic symbols in a new light. Tune in to hear Max discuss his inspirations, process, and more.
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.
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!”