Dearest MTT Community,
Welcome back to an exciting new year to all our incoming and returning members! We know the year has been challenging for everyone, but are so excited to share our plans for the upcoming term.
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that we will not be hosting a Fall production in 2020. Given the current circumstances, it would be impossible for us to run a show safely for all our members and patrons in person. We hope to be able to return to the stage in the future, but for now, we must aim to create art and community in virtual spaces.
Instead, we will focus on creating virtual events and workshops aimed at every member of our community. From Intro to Crew to Musical Theatre themed trivia nights, we hope that our schedule of events will help all of our members find a place where they feel included, make close friends, and learn new skills. We are currently working on developing a term-long virtual project for the Fall semester. This project will have similar elements to our past productions, so keep your eyes peeled for information about auditions and rehearsals!
We have also been carefully crafting a diversity and inclusivity plan of action for our club. We stand in solidarity with BIPOC communities around the world and we have to stand together to challenge the systemic racism that is ingrained in our society. As a community, we have an obligation to foster the inclusion of all individuals. It is our responsibility to educate ourselves and teach others how theatre, and especially Musical Theatre, has been used as a tool for oppression in the past. We must create a platform for a more diverse array of stories and a future of equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
We want all MTT members to feel a sense of belonging in our community. As a club, we must foster inclusivity by establishing processes and checks that aim to prevent bias, diversify the stories that we tell, educate ourselves and others on the history of racism in our industry, and utilize student feedback to facilitate continuous improvement. If you would like to see our detailed Diversity and Inclusivity action plan, please click here.
We are so excited to see what the year will bring and we hope that you will join us in making it a great one!
The UBC MTT Executive Team
Rafa, Kyra, Travis, Jo, Maya, Lilly, Andrea