(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. This post was originally shared on Jacqueline’s blog, and we’re re-purposing it here as a part of the Conference conversation.)
“How do institutions and artists negotiate between sincere attempts at ‘bridge-building’ and creating productive ‘multicultural’ explorations without falling into the potential traps of audience pandering or cliché?”
Accountability: How to Avoid Pandering and Cliches
If the attempts are truly sincere - and there are equal amounts of give, take, interest, curiosity and real listening, then while we may not always succeed, I would bet that, more often than not, honest, productive and ”multicultural” explorations and theatre experiences will be the result.
I think what it boils down to is people (leaders of theatre institutions as well as individual artists…but mostly those leaders) need to hold themselves accountable. People need to also have a genuine interest and curiosity in “multicultural” explorations in order for any of it to be a real bridge building experience. They can’t do it just because it’s what they think they’re supposed to do…you know? That’s when the pandering and cliches come in.