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Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Performing Arts Workforce

1st Edition

By Tobie S. Stein


160 pages

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Hardback: 9781138188457
pub: 2019-11-04
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Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Performing Arts Workforce examines the systemic and institutional barriers and individual biases that continue to perpetuate a predominately White nonprofit performing arts workforce in the United States. Workforce diversity, for purposes of this book, is defined as racial and ethnic diversity among workforce participants and stakeholders in the performing arts, including employees, artists, board members, funders, donors, educators, audience, and community members. The research explicitly uncovers the sociological and psychological reasons for inequitable workforce policies and practices within the historically White nonprofit performing arts sector, and provides examples of the ways in which transformative leaders, sharing a multiplicity of cultural backgrounds, can collaboratively and collectively create and produce a culturally plural community-centered workforce in the performing arts.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Performing Arts Workforce

Chapter 2: Race and Performance: A Brief History

Emma Halpern

Chapter 3: Race, Identity, and Social Relations

Chapter 4: The Opportunity Structure and the Performing Arts Workforce

Chapter 5: The Racial and Ethnic ADEI-Centered Performing Arts Workforce

Chapter 6: Social Change Champions in the Performing Arts

"Teaching Culturally Responsive Performing Arts Management in Higher Education"

Brea M. Heidelberg, Ph.D.

"The Public Funder’s Impact on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Arts"

Abid Hussain

Contributor Biographies


About the Author

Tobie S. Stein, Ph.D. is a sociologist and Professor Emerita, Department of Theater, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York.

About the Series

Routledge Research in the Creative and Cultural Industries

This series brings together book-length original research in cultural and creative industries from a range of perspectives. Charting developments in contemporary cultural and creative industries thinking around the world, the series aims to shape the research agenda to reflect the expanding significance of the creative sector in a globalised world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Careers / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Entertainment
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Conflict Resolution & Mediation