In early July 2020, the BIPOC theatre movement, We See You W.A.T. (standing for We See You White American Theater), published a list of demands found here. We See You W.A.T. was formed in reaction to the immense racism and injustice faced by theater-makers across the country within the theater community. The demands asked white institutions “to examine, change and dismantle their harmful and racist practices.”
NOMADS is committed to anti-racism and we know that in order to truly be anti-racist, we must reflect upon and change our own practices. First and foremost, we are committed to our community; this includes the community of theater makers who have worked with us or seen our shows, the community of experienced theater makers who have not interacted with us before, and the community of people who have never been a part of theater at all. As a first step, we are looking at how we can make our new-play world more accessible through education. For the fall, we are looking to incorporate and prioritize events and workshops that are open to the community and allow for various levels of engagement and experience in addition to our traditional WordPlay Festival and Mainstage Show.