One point I forgot to bring up is that I think it's okay for us all to admit for a moment that there's a certain amount of the conversation around diversity that's driven by fear. I'm not saying this to discount anything anyone's saying, I'm just saying it's worth it to pause for a moment and just notice it, acknowledge it.
Why is there fear? Well, I think the answer is kind of obvious, actually... resource scarcity. There isn't enough opportunity in the American theatre system for anyone, white people have it hard too. There are plenty of people with MFAs from prestigious programs who don't have great careers, or even great opportunities. That "7 MFA Programs" stat doesn't mean that everyone in those programs has it all set out for them.
There is a sense that when we speak of diversity, we talk about increasing opportunity for one group (or groups) and then kind of don't mention the fact that what we're also talking about another group having to give something up. That we are playing-- but denying we are playing-- a zero-sum game. And when things are hard all over, as they are in theater, it's hard to have any kind of generosity of sprit.
I guess I wonder... is it really a zero sum game? And does it have to be if it is?