Black Lives Matter

Dear MAD family,

The MAD Board is truly saddened by the events of the last several weeks and mourns the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and the long list of other Black and People of Color whose lives have ended as a result of systemic racism and injustice. We stand with those that speak out against the continued discrimination and violence being perpetrated against Black lives and communities of color. We stand with the Black community. Silence is complicity. If one of us can’t breathe, none of us can breathe.

We like to think that we as a community have made a commitment in our hearts and minds to tolerance and anti-racism. We know that we have not done enough. We know that we have stayed silent for far too long. We want to do better. We will do better. We are sorry it has taken so long to speak out and to act and we apologize for that.

When MAD formed 50 years ago, it was formed from an overwhelmingly white workforce that was struggling to improve its hiring practices after the Civil Rights movement. In the decades since then, MAD has not succeeded in significantly increasing the diversity of its membership or its leadership.

As white people, we recognize our normal is not normal for many people living with injustice, white supremacy, and rampant institutional racism. The time is now to make lasting changes in the way we stage productions and interact as a community. As a first step, we will be hosting a series of community dialogue events (socially distanced, of course) to gather feedback from the MAD membership on diversity and discrimination and how MAD can improve inclusion and hear the voices of everyone. The first of these events will be held in July, specific date and time to be released in the July MADogram and on our website madtheater.org.

If you would like to share your feelings, thoughts, or resources with us, please email us at madboard@googlegroups.com. We will continue to learn, listen, and make changes as individuals and as an organization.

#BlackLivesMatter
The MAD Executive Council