Theatre criticism is dominated by white people. What does this mean? That most of us are invisibilized. Our perspectives are nonexistent, our cultures are examined through oft insensitive, narrow lenses that seek to understand the world through what’s unjustly been perceived as a universal view. And while the work of many white critics is essential, our views also matter. We don’t have a century’s long canon of criticism from which to draw inspiration, in which to see ourselves reflected.
The idea behind Scenes in Color is to become a home for people of color who want to share their opinions with the world. Many of those people have been repeatedly told that they’re not welcome at the theatre; they don’t see stories they know onstage (nobody ever looks like them) or are subjected to old fashioned etiquette rules that inhibit their natural reaction to an art form ideally made for all of us.
So whether you’re a savvy Sondheim connoisseur who can name every Best Musical Tony winner, are madly in love with experimental pieces, or have never even been to a show, let this be your home. The world is dying to hear from you.