A group called “We See You, White American Theater” has made a long list of demands on the theater industry.
We See You, White American Theater sent out a 29-page list of demands on behalf of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC).
The demands include that half of the Broadway Theaters be renamed after people of color and that at least half of casts and creative teams of theaters be people of color.
A spokesman for the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts said that they had not received the letter. Although The Tanger does intend to host traveling Broadway shows, it hasn’t had a single performance of any kind since its scheduled grand opening and ribbon cutting on March 20 was postponed due to the coronavirus shutdown.
The We See You, White American Theater has no spokesperson and those involved so far have refused to make statements for the coalition because they say it is a collective movement and it would be inappropriate for one person to try and speak for the group.
However, the letter which was signed by more than 300 people, packs a lot of specific demands into its 29 pages.
One is that theaters should not have any security arrangements with police departments.
They also demand that newspapers and other media that review productions should not pay professional critics and writers, but rely on freelance writers with at least half of them being BIPOC writers.
Native Americans should be given free tickets to theatrical productions which take place on land where their ancestors once lived.
Another demand is that theaters stop working with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees unless the union institutes anti-nepotism policies and changes its leadership.
The letter also demands that theater leadership have term limits and those who have served more than 20 years, including the heads of nonprofit theaters, should resign andnd that the highest paid staff members should make no more than 10 times the lowest paid staff members.
There are 29 pages of demands, so those are only a few, but the entire letter can be read here: https://www.weseeyouwat.com/statement