MET’s mission begins with the commitment to build community. That action means nothing without stating unequivocally that Black Lives Matter.
Our Black brothers and sisters have endured senseless murders for hundreds of years. We too mourn the loss of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and countless others. They should each be alive right now.
Our country’s systems are rife with intentional and inherent racism. Sometimes blatant, sometimes far too subtle, we see examples of this firsthand in our healthcare systems and economy as the COVID pandemic disproportionately affects Black communities. We see it in the mass incarceration of black men, in broken systems and in fear based bully tactics used to intimidate individuals and communities.
As a theatre, we believe stories matter. Stories have been used to dehumanize, destroy, and humiliate; stories have also been used to empower, empathize, and embolden communities. Too many stories have been left off our stages. We commit to being better storytellers and citizens. If we are to be a theatre that builds community, we must use our greatest tool of storytelling to anchor a new narrative that resolutely empowers black voices and effects permanent change.
MET commits to fighting racism in our institutions and in our community. MET will not stand nor tolerate racism in any form. We will stand in solidarity with our Black artists and the Black community. We pledge to build a community where you are seen and heard, where you are respected and where your lives command the full measure of value due every human being.
We pledge to develop artistic programs that better serve the whole community, to add muscular intention to encouraging Black artists, and to make our world a place where Black and brown people are safe to create, succeed, enjoy, love and celebrate. From here we go forward. We pledge to fight injustice and racism in all forms forever.
Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre
June 22, 2020