Theatre Department Resources for Promoting an Equitable Society in Theatre and Theatre Education

Statement of Belonging, Dignity, and Justice

The faculty and staff of the Department of Theatre at VCUarts unequivocally condemn all forms of bigotry, racism, and anti-Blackness. We are determined to support all our students by mindfully creating a culture of both safety and accountability within our department where BIPOC students feel seen and all our students feel valued. We seek to include, reflect, and give agency to the varied experiences of our community being mindful of the historically marginalized AAPI, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and ADA communities.


VCU and the School of the Arts provide a number of resources to assist traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented student populations:

University Counseling Services

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA)

VCU Libraries

Anti-Racism and Theatre


Works by BIPOC Playwrights:

  • ‘Raisin in the Sun’ by Lorraine Hansbury
  • Notes from the Fieldand ‘Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992‘ by Anna Deavere Smith
  •  ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf‘ by Ntozake Shange
  • ‘Fences’ by August Wilson
  • Jitney’ by August Wilson
  • The Colored Museum’ by George C. Wolfe
  •  ‘Mulatto‘ by Langston Hughes (1935)
  •  ‘Dutchman‘ by Amiri Baraka (1964)

LGBTQIA History and Theatre


LGBTQIA plays to read for Pride Month:

  • The Captive Play by Edouard Bourdet (1934)
  • for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange (1975)
  • The Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley (1968)
  • Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein (1978)
  • Bent by Martin Sherman (1979)
  • Last Summer at Whitefish Cove by Jane Chambers (1980)
  • Angels in America, Tony Kushner (1991)
  • The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and Tectonic Theater Project (2000)
  • God of Vengeance by Donald Margulies (2003)
  • Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet by Tarell Alvin McCraney (2010)
  • Fun Home by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori (2015)
  • Ms. Blakk for President by Tarell Alvin McCraney and Tina Landau (2019)

Further Resources