SETC: Black Lives Matter. Black Theatre Matters.

As a theatre organization with longstanding roots in the South, the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) mourns the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others. The deaths of Black and Brown people in our country as a result of police brutality have devastatingly become commonplace, and we acknowledge the suffering and longstanding systemic racism that has perpetuated a cycle of violence against the people we serve.


As an organization, we are resolved that our anti-racism commitment be reflected in the life and culture of our organization through policies, programs, practices, and partnerships as we continue to learn about racism. We are listening and recognize that we have work to do. We will do the work. Even in these uncertain and challenging times, we are committed to lifting up the voices of those who advocate for positive change, and we pledge to stand beside you. We pledge awareness. We pledge to listen to understand. We pledge to lead with our full hearts and minds. We pledge action.


In that spirit of action and accountability, SETC has been working to address our long history as a predominantly white-led organization. We started an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility initiative this year, and in the last month have formed a Task Force that has been working to address inequities in our organization. We are a place for storytellers, and we are dedicated to working together as one inclusive community to confront 400 years of marginalization, oppression, and bigotry. 


Please, if you have the means, lift up organizations and entities that are working to fix what is broken in our society, that center the power of Black voices and stories. We are invested in doing the work to become more anti-racist and anti-oppressive, and to the hard work of educating ourselves and listening to our communities. Here is a short list of funds and organizations that our members and Staff have donated to in recent days, and we will continue to update our website for resources:


Black Lives Matter

Black Theatre Network

North Carolina Black Repertory producers of the National Black Theatre Festival

Southern Poverty Law Center

American Civil Liberties Union

The Movement for Black Lives

NAACP (local, state, or national office)

Reclaim the Block

Campaign Zero

The Atlanta Solidarity Fund

Black Immigrant Collective

Black Table Arts

The Okra Project

Louisville Community Bail Fund

See these links and additional resources on our website.


Black Lives Matter.  Black Theatre Matters.

Standing with you,

Maegan McNerney Azar, SETC President

Susie Prueter, SETC Executive Director

SETC Executive Committee, Task Force on EDIA, and Central Office Staff

Southeastern Theatre Conference
1175 Revolution Mill Dr  Ste 14
Greensboro, NC  27405

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