The Rock the Audition Coalition is dedicated to maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for all theatre artists to explore their artistry, hone their craft and connect and collaborate with theatre industry leaders.
Led by typically marginalized people, our mission is to shape and develop the industry to reflect and facilitate diversity on both sides of the table.
MOBILIZING THE INDUSTRY
The RTA Coalition aims to mobilize Broadway and regional theatres (onstage and off, from both sides of the table), college and university training programs, summer theatre programs, teen programs, teacher trainings, and the world of private voice and acting teachers.
Rather than prescribing change onto an ever-evolving industry, we want to shift the industry with the people who are shaping it. We intend to continue to evolve together to best serve the entire theatrical community, always keeping everyone engaged in the latest changes.
We offer anyone who chooses to be an advocate for any marginalized community in our Coalition free or discounted classes from the diverse group of teachers who will be in our family, simply for offering allyship.
We are working towards building community confidence around the following topics:
How to advocate for yourself
How to create an inclusive audition and rehearsal space
How universities can be more inclusive
Ways to partner with local organizations to increase inclusion efforts
And many more!
Through classes, coachings, and workshops, members of the Coalition will be equipped with the skills to mobilize and make positive change in their communities.
Karen Miller, Autumn West, David Herendeen, and the MT students of Oklahoma City University are piloting our College Coalition this spring!
They will be working intimately with RTA’s industry inclusion experts to build a coalition that will then extend out to the other programs in the University, and then to other programs.
THE COALITION TEAM
Meet the people who will be developing and spearheading the RTA Coalition from the ground up.
CEO & Founder
Founding Board Member
Sheri has created a Podcast called Cause and Effect and will launch her inclusion efforts on the Broadway Podcast Network.
MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE
As the Second Edition of Rock The Audition is now published, The Mental Health Initiative is Sheri's current focus, creating a peer group that is training in Mental Health First Aid to allow any person who is struggling to have a space held for them while they get the right support in place. We feel very strongly that this kind of group should be in any artistic environment.
JOIN THE COALITION
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