racial justice • social justice
Breaking the Proscenium
Western and Euro-centric patriarchal (white) methods of performance and theatre-making have had a monopoly on the professional performance arena in the United States long enough. These methods have utilized a hierarchal gatekeeping structure that have left BIPOC voices, performers, and performances in the margins. Predominately white theatre boards, hierarchal not-for-profit and for-profit theatre staff structures, and wealthy white self-aggrandizing philanthropy have continued to perpetuate systemic racism and oppression on the country's stages. These structures have amplified white entitlement and have encouraged theaters to accommodate white audiences by only presenting work these audiences are "comfortable" with. The Bubble abandons these structures altogether and does not answer to the pocketbook of the elite. The Bubble answers to the community and the public that it serves. By abandoning these socially inequitable structures, The Bubble is free from traditional methodologies of production and performance.
The Bubble exists for everyone.
Accessible for All
The experience of disability spans the experience of every demographic. It is estimated that 20% of United States Citizens live with a disability. Yet, people with disabilities are arguably the least represented on our nation's stages. The Bubble seeks to change this disparity through not only physical accessibility for audiences and actors, but also by providing artists with disabilities a performance venue home. The Bubble has been designed with accessibility as a goal from the beginning. Audience members with physical disabilities have access to ground-level front row seating requiring no level changes from vehicle to seating position. A modular ADA compliant ramp system allows performers with wheelchairs onstage access. If The Bubble were realized, assisted listening devices and captioning would be available through TheBubbleApp. ASL interpreted performances would also be available. Performances would also be presented in audio narrative formats with before show touch tours for the low-vision and blind. TheBubbleApp would have ride-share plug-ins to assist in transport and The Bubble Shuttle would provide local door-to-stage transport. Support animals would be more than welcome at The Bubble.
Reparative Community-based Programming
Anyone can reserve a time at The Bubble without having to seek artistic approval.
The Bubble is currently seeking to present performances that amplify:
•BIPOC artists and the organizations that support them,
•Artists with disabilities and organizations that support them, and
•LGBTQ+ artists and LGBTQ+ supporting organizations
The Bubble urges those who identify with these minority groups to contact The Bubble so that your performances can be prioritized. The Bubble will begin accepting requests for use on 3•1•2021.
All requests will be honored and receive time at The Bubble.
Racial Justice and Social Justice are the core values of The Bubble. The Bubble seeks to honor these values through anti-racism, anti-ableism, and other anti-discriminatory community initiatives. The Bubble commits to transparency, parity, accountability, integrity, harm reduction, accessibility (both in the abstract and physical space), and universal respect.