‘If you are going to treat someone like a human’: White supremacy and performance programmes in Northern California’s correctional facilities
Research in Drama Education
This study draws on the experiences of eleven individuals working for six organisations in Northern California to identify ways White supremacist ideals operate in performance-related programmes in correctional facilities. The inquiry examines the experience of teaching artist/facilitators (TAFs) of colour; White TAF’s (in)ability to reflect on the impact of their racial identity in the classroom/workshop; and the racism inherent in institutional prohibitions against ‘familiarity’ between workshop facilitators and participants. The essay concludes with recommendations for how artists and arts organisations can better engage in anti-racist practices with an eye towards eradicating racism at the personal, organisational, and institutional levels.
incarceration, prison theatre, teaching artists, White supremacy
Oona Hatton. "‘If you are going to treat someone like a human’: White supremacy and performance programmes in Northern California’s correctional facilities" Research in Drama Education (2021): 511-527. https://doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2021.1944804