THEATRES AND #PLAYOURPART
As theatre seasons launch around the country, we who work at theatres have an opportunity to play a meaningful part in the democratic process. Many of us already experience high foot-traffic in our lobbies six days a week. We are in a natural position to offer this public service to our audiences. #PlayOurPart represents a nonpartisan effort to increase voter participation in the upcoming election, and in all elections, by offering pre-show voter registration in theatre lobbies.
Creating a voter registration event at your theatre is easier than you might think! Whether you want to organize a one-time event or offer pre-show voter registration on a regular basis, we offer the following as a toolkit for your planning process.
STATE HEALTH AGENCY OFFICIALS
State governments are closing schools, universities, theatres, gyms, restaurants, and other gathering places. Public anxiety and fear are at an all time high.
To make matters worse, many Dramatists Guild members work as independent contractors, freelancers, and license their intellectual property - leaving them without health insurance. Would you consider contacting your state government officials to ask them when COVID-19 tests will be made available to the public, irregardless of insurance status?
Below is a list of state health agency officials. If you feel that your state is not doing enough to allocate resources towards COVID-19 tests and response, please take five minutes to call, write, and email:
For more information, please contact Jenna Chrisphonte, Director of Community Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION
In fulfilling its mission, the Dramatists Guild recognizes that much of the creative work of authorship is undertaken in isolation, so the Guild fosters a sense of union and community among its members in order to enrich, inspire, and empower them to advocate for themselves, for their work, and for each other. In this way, Guild members come to realize that if they do not advance together, they do not advance at all.
The Dramatists Guild seeks members to volunteer to organize voter registration drives in their local theatres and communities. The only requirement is a love for theatre and a commitment to bringing people together.
- Run voter registration tables in partnership with local theatres and other community-based organizations
- Use social media creatively to encourage contacts to register to vote
- Attend and promote community forums, social events, town hall, and other local activities