Magic's commitment to anti-racism

Recently Magic Theatre issued a statement that we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the work to end racism and dismantle white supremacy.

Our board and staff came together virtually to unanimously agree to commit to the following actions towards being an anti-racist organization.

While no means exhaustive, these are immediate first steps forward. Magic will hold itself accountable to these actions. We thank you for holding us accountable as well.  With humility, we look forward to the learning ahead and to sharing our evolving practice with each of you.  

Wholeheartedly,
The Staff and Board of the Magic Theatre,

Loretta Greco • Kevin Nelson • Sonia Fernandez • John Marx  
Jackie Hill • Kathryn Kersey • Alan Stewart  • Ciera Eis • Larry Goldfarb
Stephanie Holmes • Katrina Wong • Erin Merritt • Leigh Wolf  
Karen Donovan •Karina Fox • Sarah Nina Hayon


Magic's Statement of solidarity

We are crushed by the senseless and tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and tony mcdade—and of the far too many black lives that have systemically been cut short over centuries, before them. We are a company dedicated to bold diverse and inclusive storytelling which engenders rigorous conversation and self examination, with the intention of growing social justice through community building, compassion and understanding. But in this moment pushing our culture forward with diverse and inclusive shared narratives is not enough.

Rigorous conversation is not enough.

Even Prayer is not enough.

Black Lives Matter.  

The Magic Theatre family stands in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters who know far too well how long the arc of the moral universe is. We ask you to join us in taking action today.  Together let us lift our voices and galvanize our collective privilege, creativity and financial capacity—to work relentlessly towards finally delivering the promise of that arc towards justice for all. once and for all.

Suggested resources as to how you can make an impact:  
Black Trans Advocacy Coalition
Reclaim the Block
Campaign Zero
Communities United Against Police Brutality
Unicorn Riot
AntiPolice-Terror Project 
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Showing Up for Racial Justice
Black Movement Law Project
Black and Brown Founders
Black Voters Matter
Life Comes From It

In Solidarity,
Loretta Greco, Artistic Director, Kevin Nelson, Interim Managing Director, John Marx, Co-chair and the Magic Staff and Board of trustees

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Magic commits to on-going anti-bias and anti racism training for all staff and board, to begin this calendar year, with additional bystander intervention and de-escalation training for staff added during the 20-21 season.

Magic will share anti-racism and anti-bias learnings and tools with audiences and each creative company and create space and participate in forums for discussion.

Magic will cement its practice of hiring at least 50% BIPOC Playwrights and artists within its written policies, mission, and values immediately.

Magic pledges that at least one of the final candidates for our current Artistic Director search will identify as BIPOC.  

Starting immediately, Magic is assessing and revising recruitment practices and requirements to allow growth of BIPOC voices on board and staff.  


While no means exhaustive, these are immediate first steps forward. Magic will hold itself accountable to these actions. We thank you for holding us accountable as well.  With humility, we look forward to the learning ahead and to sharing our evolving practice with each of you.  


Wholeheartedly,

The Staff and Board of the Magic Theatre,

Loretta Greco • Kevin Nelson • Sonia Fernandez • John Marx  

Jackie Hill • Kathryn Kersey • Alan Stewart  • Ciera Eis • Larry Goldfarb

Stephanie Holmes • Katrina Wong • Erin Merritt • Leigh Wolf  

Karen Donovan •Karina Fox • Sarah Nina Hayon


Magic's statement of Solidarity

We are crushed by the senseless and tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and tony mcdade—and of the far too many black lives that have systemically been cut short over centuries, before them.  

We are a company dedicated to bold diverse and inclusive storytelling which engenders rigorous conversation and self examination, with the intention of growing social justice through community building, compassion and understanding.   

But in this moment pushing our culture forward with diverse and inclusive shared narratives is not enough.

 Rigorous conversation is not enough.

Even Prayer is not enough.

Black Lives Matter.  
 
The Magic Theatre family stands in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters who know far too well how long the arc of the moral universe is. We ask you to join us in taking action today.  Together let us lift our voices and galvanize our collective privilege, creativity and financial capacity—to work relentlessly towards finally delivering the promise of that arc towards justice for all. once and for all.

Suggested resources as to how you can make an impact:  
Black Lives Matter

Black Visions Collective

Reclaim the Block

Campaign Zero

Communities United Against Police Brutality

Unicorn Riot

National Bailout Fund

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

AntiPolice-Terror Project  

Showing Up for Racial Justice

In Solidarity,
Loretta Greco, Artistic Director, Kevin Nelson, Interim Managing Director, John Marx, Co-chair and the Magic Staff and Board of trustees