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Step One: Theatre Decolonization - Decentering Whiteness

  • 27 Mar 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Online
  • 65


  • You may register 1 representative and 1 guest representative for your organization. Your organization can consist of one person or more people.


Shani Harris-Bagwell will guide workshop participants in beginning the difficult process of de-centering whiteness as the dominant culture, identifying white supremacist behavior patterns, while recognizing our unconscious biases and anti-Blackness, with a focus on, but not limited to, theater and theater history. This foundational level workshop is just one positive step towards creating a more equitable theatre community. Funding for this workshop is provided by the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition (MCCC).

Registration is limited to two representatives per local organization (with priority given to PATA member organizations.) This workshop is free of charge to registrants. Please, RSVP today!

This event will have ASL interpretation

The Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to the event, so if you have a PATA account, please make sure your PATA account settings allow you to receive all PATA emails. If you need to cancel your registration or change your organization's registered representatives before the workshop, please inform the Office Manager (info@portlandtheatre.com, (503) 449-6270).

Shani Harris-Bagwell is a Blactorvist: a Black actor and activist. She is a proud graduate of Emerge Oregon, a program that trains democratic women to run for office, as well as the Black Campaign School. Her late aunt, San Francisco Supervisor Willie B. Kennedy, and her very much alive 100-year-old grandmother Willard Harris, who is a former San Francisco Commissioner on Aging, taught her the importance of speaking up for herself and using her voice to make changes in her community. Because of them, she strongly believes that "it ain't no use sitting around complaining if you ain't gon’ do somethin’ bout it". She loves teaching others how to do somethin’ bout it. Using her extensive professional and personal experience in the arts, Shani empowers underrepresented communities and amplifies voices. She currently serves on the Regional Arts and Culture Council Board, the Basic Rights Oregon Equity PAC, the Multnomah County Commission Audit Review Committee, the Portland Bureau of Transportation Pricing Options for Equity for Mobility Committee, and is a Multnomah County Precinct Committee Person.

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