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Advancing Racial Equity in the Theater

Broadway for Racial Justice (BFRJ) is a nonprofit startup whose mission is to fight for racial justice and equity in the Broadway and theatrical community by providing financial resources, assistance, and amplification for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. In doing so, BFRJ helps create safe spaces for creativity to thrive while acting as an advocate for underserved and under-recognized members of the theater community.

BFRJ was founded in the summer of 2020 by artist and activist Brandon Michael Nase. The organization’s recent projects and services include establishing an emergency assistance fund available to Black, Indigenous, and other people of color in the theater industry; operating the volunteer-based BFRJ Hotline which theater artists can use to seek advocacy in response to racism in a theatrical workplace; and spearheading “Allied with BFRJ,” a network of theatrical institutions and educational/training programs across the U.S. that seek to establish a relationship of accountability with BFRJ to ensure the safety and equity of all artists and staff in their respective theatrical institutions.

The firm is assisting BFRJ with corporate governance matters and its application for federal tax-exempt status. This work will help BFRJ establish a strong foundation so that it is set up to accept tax-deductible donations and serve as a trusted advocate for racial justice and equity in the theater community for years to come.

Advancing Racial Equity in the Theater
Courtesy of Ellis Dawson for Broadway for Racial Justice