Update from Cloudgate Theatre
At Cloudgate Theatre, we are taking a pause due to the coronavirus and using this time to reflect on the confluence of pandemics that we as a society are currently facing. We recognize that the American theatre has long upheld white supremacist cultural values that exclude, exploit, and misrepresent BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals, communities, and cultures. The staff and board of Cloudgate Theatre are working through the We See You White American Theatre list of demands and developing plans to address them. We look forward to sharing those plans with our community soon.
Cloudgate produces work on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires - the Ojibwe, the Potawatomi, and the Odawa. The Sac, Fox, Myaamia, Ho-Chunk, and Menominee have also called this area home. It was also a site of trade, travel, gathering and healing for more than a dozen other Native tribes and is still home to over 100,000 tribal members in the state of Illinois who continue to serve as stewards of the land.
Furthermore, another focus for us at Cloudgate is addressing the climate crisis. We acknowledge that the technologies central to making theatre leave significant carbon footprints, worsening the climate crisis, and disproportionately affecting indigenous peoples worldwide.
We are committed to a path forward that is antiracist, sustainable, and fosters joyful resistance in the face of great injustice, uncertainty, and turbulence.
Photos by Austin D. Oie