Anti-Oppression Resources

Books

On Mindfulness
Inward by Yung Pueblo
Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace by Angel Kyodo Williams

Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana

The Viewpoints by Bogart and Landau. 

BIPOC Approaches
Black Acting Methods by Sharrell D. Luckett
The Theatre of Veenapani Chawla by Shanta Gokhale

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Co-Creation  by Heble, Fischlin, and Lispitz. 

Acting Manuals by white Female Authors & Queer Authors
Acting on Impulse by Carol Hazenfield
The Improv Book: Improvisation for Theatre, Comedy, Education and Life by Alison Goldie

The Improviser's Way by Katy Schutte. 

The Improv Handbook by Frances-White and Salinksy. 
Improvisation for the Theatre by Viola Spolin

Improvisation: Scene from the Inside Out by Mick Napier
Improvising Better by Allen and Carrane. 

Staging Sex: Best Practices, Tools, and Techniques for Theatrical Intimacy by Chelsea Pace 

On Theatre for Social Change

A Playback Theatre Toolkit by Ellinger and Ellinger
All the Lights On by Michelle Hensley
Theatre of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal

On Applied Improvisation

Applied Improvisation by Dudeck and McClure

Serious Fun by Ruth Yamamoto
Games for Actors and Non-Actors by Augusto Boal
Game Storming by Brown, Gray, and Macanufo

On Drama Therapy

The Rainbow of Desire by Augusto Boal

The Living Stage by Tian Dayton

Acting for Real by Renee Emunah

On Spirituality in Life and the Arts

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
God, Improv, and the Art of Living by Maryann McKibben Dana
The Drama of Christian Ethics by Sam Wells

The Subtle Body by Cyndi Dale

 

Philosophically Relevant Texts
Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown

Theatre and Its Double by Antonin Artaud

Become What You Are by Alan Watts

On Inequity, Inclusion, and Historical Contexts
Behind the Laughs: Community and Inequality in Comedy by Michael P. Jeffries
Darkest America: From Slavery to Hip-Hop by Austen and Taylor

On the Real Side: A History of African American Comedy by Mel Watkins

Whose Improv is It Anyway? by Amy E. Seham

Improv Nation by Sam Wasson

Online Resources

On Punching Up & Down

 

"Punching Up and the 'Rules' of Comedy" by Liz Labacz

"When Punching Up Feels Like Getting Punched" by Allison Reese

"The Limitations of Punching Up" by Gladstone

"A Brief History of Punch-Down Comedy" by Sascha Cohen

"Racist Sexist Improv Class" by Anna Akana

Nannette by Hannah Gadsby on Netflix

"Why Aristophanes is Called the 'Father of Comedy'" by TedEd

 

On Theatrical and Historical Contexts

"How the History of Blackface is Rooted in Racism" by Alexis Clark

"Race Melodrama and Minstrel Shows" by CrashCourse

"The Birth of Broadway" by CrashCourse

The 13th by Ava DuVernay on Netflix

"The Birth of Jazz" by Black History in Two Minutes

"Jazz Improvisation Evolution" by Alexander Poe

"On Women, Feminism, and Being Pretty" by Emily Schorr Lesnick

Disclosure by Sam Feder on Netflix

"The Case for Performance Art" by the Art Assignment

On Anti-Oppression and Social Justice

"Radical Self Care" by Angela Davis on Afropunk

"How Microaggressions are Like Mosquito Bites"

"Implicit Bias: Concepts Unrwapped" by McCombs School of Business
"Gaslighting, explained" by Robin Stern

"4 Levels of Gaslighting: From Unconscious to Malicious" By Paget Norton

"Why 'I'm Not Racist' is Only Half the Story" by Robin DiAngelo

"What is Cultural Appropriation" by Origins of Everything

"How to make Anti-Racist Theatre" by Gordon Cox w/ Nicole Brewer

How To Not Be Racist: Improv 101 with Christian Roberts

"Beyond 'Decolonizing' the Syllabus" by David Valdes

"Woke Supremacy" by Donny Repsher

"The Problem with Cancel Culture" by Ayishat Akanbi

"Love the Art, Hate the Artist" by The Art Assignment

"Let's End Ageism" by Ashton Applewhite

"Ableism 101" by Ashley Eisenmenger

"Getting Called Out: How to Apologize" by Franchesca Ramsey

"5 Tips for Being an Ally" by Franchesca Ramsey

"Non-Violent Communication" by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg

"Calling In: A Quick Guide of When and How" by Sian Ferguson 

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