Black Lives Matter
Join Georgetown students from the Black Theatre Ensemble, Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society, and nomadictheatre alongside GTA in supporting Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) DC or Black Lives Matter (BLM) DC.
GTA steering committee members will be matching up to $1000 of the students’ donations to either SURJ DC and BLM DC. In our continued effort to denounce and combat the systemic racism that pervades our country, our campus, and our theatrical community, we want to facilitate tangible support and action towards the creation of a more just and equitable society.
Here's how you can join in:
Step 1. Make a donation to SURJ or BLM and take a screenshot of your receipt before July 10th. (Please edit the screenshot to the degree in which you are comfortable sharing information. What’s needed for the campaign is the organization’s name, the date of the donation, and the amount of the donation.)
Step 2. Fill out this form so that we can compile your donations and keep track of the total for GTA’s match.
Step 3. Share the campaign with other alumni and check out the page on our website for updates. Once the initial $1000 is raised, we'll keep tracking the donations and report out the number of alums and students who are donating. As a community of individuals for others, this is an opportunity for us to challenge one another to act and amplify worthy causes.
GTA Statement of Solidarity
As always, we hope that you are staying safe and well. We recognize that those words ring differently today and that they likely always have for many in our community. No one should live in fear of daily activities: going on a run, sleeping in their own bed, and interacting with the police.
The Georgetown Theatre Alliance condemns the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the countless others whose lives were cut short by systemic racism.
As members of a community who deeply believe in the Jesuit value of being people for others, we stand in solidarity with all those protesting police brutality and systemic racism, especially the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members of our community. We recognize that centuries of systemic injustice have caused immeasurable grief and pain. We share the belief that more can and must be done for this violence to stop. We share the desire to do the work to stop it.
And we commit ourselves to working to dismantle white supremacy at Georgetown, in the theater industry, and in this country.
We pledge to listen, learn, protest, donate, and amplify BIPOC voices, stories, organizations, and causes. We urge our members to contribute their time, talent, and resources in the ways they feel best able to commit to this work. Many community members already have by teaching and learning about racial injustices in the U.S., supporting black-owned businesses in our neighborhoods, attending protests, signing petitions, and donating money.
If you’ve been wondering how to start this work yourself, we urge you to open the resources from the Georgetown theatre and professional theatre community below.
GTA's mission is to foster the professional, educational, and personal development of the Georgetown University theatre community. In that mission, we recommit ourselves to upholding the human dignity of each member of our community, especially our BIPOC students, alumni, faculty, and staff. We recognize that we have more work to do in upholding that commitment and ask you to join us in doing that work.
Letters and Statements from Campus
Professor Soyica Colbert moderates a virtual teach-in featuring several faculty members from across disciplines to begin the hard work of "reimagining the social, political, economic, and moral structures to ensure justice for all."