A Message of Solidarity
ACT of CT is renewing our commitment to our Black neighbors and colleagues, and vows to continue to learn and listen. We commit to an ongoing dedication to hiring Black artists and we pledge to do the work needed to be inclusive, including:
Amplifying Black Voices
Supporting Black Stories
Engaging Black Talent
As we continue to evolve the specific ways by which we will actualize these items, we will update this statement. We want to do the work!
Our immediate actions include:
Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine and Resident Music Supervisor Bryan Perri (who is also Music Director for Broadway’s "Jagged Little Pill") participated in the creation of 'Ridgefield Allies: What Can I Do? What Can We Do?'. Watch the Ridgefield Allies virtual rally from Sunday June 7, 2020.
We are proud to donate 10% of ticket sales from our upcoming virtual gala ("ACT's Annual Gala: Virtual Intermission Edition!") to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
We are actively seeking Black students (grades 5 - 12) from in and around Fairfield County to participate in our ‘Summer Conservatory: Teen Mainstage Intensive Virtual Intermission Edition!’ this August.
We invite the next generation of Black actors, singers and music directors in our community, to participate in our ‘virtual lessons program’. Lessons include piano, voice, acting and orchestral conducting.
*ACT strives to ensure that all students are able to participate in our programming. Scholarships are available.
As printed by Playbill.com on 6/2/20:
As protests continue to be held daily following the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and so many others at the hands of police, many people may feel hesitant to join in person, whether from COVID-19 fears to witnessing the often violent end to protests. But there are many ways to support Black Lives Matter and protesters, from bail fund donations to educating yourself on how to be anti-racist. Here is a starter guide for suggested resources.