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As part of our mission to be an inclusive resource for the worldwide circus and multidisciplinary performing arts industry, CircusTalk aims to be a resource to recognize the diversity of our sector and the need for even greater diversity and inclusion. The topics of inclusion that are of utmost importance to CircusTalk are that of race, gender and disability. We aim to help level the playing field for BIPOC, disabled people, folks on the LGBTQIA and neurodivergent spectrums in the circus sector. While CircusTalk serves the entire circus community, we recognize that certain groups of people have rarely received equal access to circus resources and opportunities. We hope to help remedy that by encouraging inclusion in the circus arts, and by providing a platform for individuals and organizations to promote inclusion and restorative processes.

This page is dedicated to highlighting our news coverage, panel series, and interviews on this topic, while spotlighting issues of inequity, and providing resources and examples for best practices.

If you want to collaborate or add to this resource list, please contact us.



‘Creating Future Black Spaces’
A 5-Part Online Course for Future Black Leaders in Performing Arts in North America
by John-Paul Zaccarini

This is a bi-weekly course on Saturdays.
9:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
11:00 am – 2:00 pm CST
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

Course dates: April 10th, April 24th, May 8th, May 22nd, June 5th, 2021

FutureBlackSpace is a creative space of recovery, discovery and project/artist development, free from the white gaze brought to you by Stockholm University of the Arts and CircusTalk. It is designed for POC who operate within largely white fields/institutions and offers them a chance, through creative writing practices to reflect upon how this affects or troubles their work/study through a combination of seminar, writing exercises, dialogues in group and 1-1, and mapping exercises, somatic/movement practice.
It is meant as a supportive space that offers tools to generate authentic work from the specific experience of POC.

The course is open specifically to BIPOC located in North America, and space is limited to 20 participants.
Registrants are highly encouraged to sign up only if they plan to attend all 5 sessions in order to respect the limited space. If the course fills up, email us at [email protected] to secure a place on the waiting list.



Circus Resources

Organizations and Professionals

American Circus Educator’s Race & Circus Resource List


The Uncle Junior Project

Diversity Equity & Inclusion Constulant List

Circus For Change Equity Issue Questionnaire 

Extraordinary Bodies 


Articles and Publications

Carter, Katrina, “Freaks No More: Rehistoricizing Disabled Circus Arts”

AYCO Youth Advisory Committee, “Gender and Circus Coaching: Basic Guidelines for Circus Coaches and Mentors”

Performing Arts Resources

Articles, Publications, and Video Series

The Kennedy Center, VSA “Assessing the Future of the Field: An International Convening of Thought Leaders in Theater, Dance, Disability, Education, and Inclusion

Talking Back Video Series by ArtEquity: A six-part web series that reveals the growing movement for justice in the theatre field.


Organizations and Professionals

Okay, Let’s Unpack This

Silent Partners

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures

General Resources


Oluo, Ijeoma “So You Want to Talk About Race”

Alexander, Michelle, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindness”

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo “Racism without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States

Boza, Tanya Golash, “Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach

Kivel, Paul, “Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice

Coates, Ta-Nehisi,  “Between The World And Me

DiAngelo, Robin, “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism”

Dyson, Michael Eric, “Tears We Cannot Stop

Eddo-Lodge, Reni, “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Fleming, Crystal  “How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide

Kendi, Ibram X.  “How to Be an Antiracist

Picca, Leslie and Feagin, Joe “Two Faced Racism: Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage”

Tochluk, Shelly, ”Witnessing Whiteness

Treitler, Vilna Bashi, “The Ethnic Project: Transforming Racial Fiction into Ethnic Factions

Crass, Chris, Towards the “Other America: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter”

McKenzie, Mia (ed.),” The Solidarity Struggle: How People of Color Succeed and Fail At Showing Up For Each Other In the Fight For Freedom”

Stein, Tobie, “Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Performing Arts Workforce

Wing Sue, Derald, “Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation”

Wing Sue, Derald “Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race

Kendall, Frances, “Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race

Lorde, Audre, “A Burst of Light: Essays”

Solnit, Rebecca, “Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities”

Tran, Kim, ”5 Self Care Tips for Activists”


Articles and Publications

Borges, Anna,“Here’s What To Do If You Can’t Afford Therapy”

DiAngelo, Robin, “11 Ways White America Avoids Taking Responsibility for its Racism

DiAngelo, Robin, “Nothing to Add, a Challenge to White Silence

DiAngelo, Robin,“White Fragility and the Question of Trust”

Golden, Gail K., “White Privilege as an Addiction”

Macintosh, Peggy,“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

McKenzie, Mia,“How to Tell the Difference Between Real Solidarity and ‘Ally Theater’”

Metta, John, “I, Racist”

Okun, Tema,“From White Racist to White Anti-Racist: the life-long journey”

Olsson, joan,“Detour-Spotting for White Anti-Racists”

Tatum, Beverly,“Talking About Race, Learning About Racism: The Application of Racial Identity Development Theory in the Classroom”


Other Resources

Responding to Microaggression Guidelines by Dr. Diana Goodman

Self-care resources and racial healing exercises for Black people by Dr. Jameta Nicole Barlow

Circus Specific Resourceby Circus for Change

BIPOC Processing Space: Therapists + Healing Resourcesby ArtEquity


Organizations and Professionals

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

Showing Up for Racial Justice Political Education

WHAT’S UP?! Pittsburgh

White Awake Manual for Group Work

Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance 

Catalyst Project


Diane Goodman 

National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network

Trans Lifeline