Listen, Learn, Lead: Deep Dive Antiracism Series for TYA Organizations

TYA/USA, in association with Arts in Color, offers a five-session series on Antiracism in TYA for TYA theatre staff teams or boards, co-facilitated by Shavanna Calder and Jonathan Shmidt Chapman. Rooted in the resources provided through the recent Listen, Learn, Lead: Antiracism in TYA webinar series, this initiative provides a tailored approach to focused staff and board engagement, conversation, and action planning around Equity and Antiracism through the specific lens of Theatre for Young Audiences.

Package Includes:

  • 1 Intake Planning Meeting
  • A Survey offered to participants in advance of the first session / Results to be shared as part of the series
  • 5 (60) minute facilitated sessions with Homework/Resources
  • Curated video learning resources featuring content on a number of topics from the Listen, Learn, Lead: Antiracism in TYA webinar series


We are aware that theatres are struggling financially now, but want to offer this work to as many organizations as possible. We are offering a sliding scale model based on theatre budget size.

  • Level 1 (Budgets under $999k): $2,500
  • Level 2 (Budgets from $1mil-2.9mil): $5,000
  • Level 3 (Budgets from $3mil+): $7,500

*The pricing above would include the scope of activities for one learning group cohort for 5 sessions. If an organization wants to offer sessions for Board and Staff in separate tracks, the pricing would increase accordingly.  

Booking Requests:

Booking for Fall/Winter 2021. Available to TYA organizations nationwide.

Please complete the request form below to explore the opportunity to bring the 5-session Listen, Learn, Lead Deep Dive Series to your organization. Once you complete the request form below, a member of the TYA/USA team will reach out to you to discuss availability and next steps. If you have any questions, contact us at

Booking Request Form


The scope of work includes the following activities:

  • INTAKE SURVEY: TYA/USA and Arts in Color would design a survey to be anonymously submitted by staff, leadership, board, and wider stakeholders (teaching artists, artists, production, etc.). This survey would explore experiences and perspectives on Equity and Diversity, for the individual and the organization. The results will be used to plan for and share during the sessions.
  • PLANNING MEETING: Shavanna and Jonathan will hold (1) planning meeting with a group of stakeholders from the theatre to plan for the sessions.
  • INTERACTIVE SESSIONS: Shavanna and Jonathan will co-facilitate five 60-minute sessions, to be mutually scheduled. Each session would interactive engagement and facilitated dialogue around a particular theme, preceded by homework including the viewing of a video featuring highlights from the Listen, Learn, Lead: Antiracism in TYA series.
  • HOMEWORK AND RESOURCES: Facilitators will provide readings and homework assignments in between sessions.


  • To establish a shared vocabulary and foundational understanding of language, concepts, and frameworks in Antiracism work and how it specifically applies to the field of TYA.
  • To create an environment of collective expansion, accountability, and curiosity and model the dynamics of a brave space.
  • To introduce and provide context for approaching theatre organizational management and leadership (with a particular focus on Theatre for Young Audiences) through an Antiracist lens.
  • To begin the practice of implementing tangible processes around self (and group) accountability and action.


  • Session 1: Introduction, Community Agreements, Goal Setting, and Shared Language
  • Session 2: How Do We Talk About Race and Racism
  • Session 3: How Do The Stories We Tell Impact Young People?: The Unique Responsibility of Theatres for Young Audiences
  • Session 4: How Can We Build Sustainable and Actionable EDIJ Plans
  • Session 5: How Can We Take Action on Our Learning?: Next Steps


Shavanna Calder (Founder of Arts in Color, Equity & Diversity Strategist / TYA/USA’s Co-Consulting Director of Antiracism in TYA Initiatives) recently co-produced and co-hosted TYA/USA’s Listen, Learn, Lead: Antiracism in TYA Series, a nationwide learning programming that served nearly 1,000 TYA professionals in exploring antiracism in their work and the field at large. Shavanna holds a Master’s Degree from NYU and also received her BA from Wellesley College where she studied Sociology & Cinema and Media Studies. She has worked with individuals on their Equity & Diversity journey as well as companies/organizations such as Rock the Audition, Stage Door Experience, Trusty Sidekick and Innovative Voice Studio. She is first generation and still identifies as a sociologist at heart. Shavanna is also the editor of Arts in Color (a site about people of color in theatre), which she started in 2012. The Arts in Color team shared auditions, history, news, celebrated showcasing seniors and much more. Additionally she is the Creative Director of Mujer! (a feminist fashion magazine that defies patriarchal definitions of beauty). Whilst doing all of this she also worked full time at NYU, in various departments, for over 7 years.


Jonathan Shmidt Chapman (Executive Director of TYA/USA) is an artist, producer, writer, curator, and educator dedicated to the field of Theatre for Young Audiences. In his current role, he leads the national organization for the TYA industry. Most recently, Jonathan served as the first Producer of Family Programming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, creating ways to re-imagine the Lincoln Center campus as an international arts destination for families. Jonathan is also the Co-Founder of New York’s Trusty Sidekick Theater Company. He led the company through five years of growth and the creation of 12 original works, including the critically-acclaimed Up and Away (a multi-sensory, immersive experience for young people on the autism spectrum). He has held artistic and education-focused roles at The New Victory Theater, True Colors Youth Theatre, and the Cloud Foundation.


Q: Who is this opportunity designed for?

We are currently accepting requests from arts organizations focused on serving young audiences. We can work with staff, board members, or a wider group of organizational stakeholders.

Q: I’m not attached to an organization. Can I participate?

At the moment, this offering is only open to organizations. In the future, we hope to expand our services to individuals as well.

Q: Can you provide in-depth tailored EDI consulting or EDI plan creation?

No. At this time, we are able to provide professional development, learning, and field expertise to support your organization’s equity and antiracism work. We can provide suggestions for continued deeper consulting following our work with your team.

Q: How are you reviewing requests?

We will review requests on a first-come first-served basis. We will do our best to accommodate all requests that come in, schedule permitting.

Q: I have more questions. Who should I contact?

You can direct any other questions to and we will reach out directly.