The Artivists are curating an original production about the business of birthing in the U.S. Medical System today, calling out the systemic oppression causing the mortality rate among Black mothers and birthing people to rise.
We are in a maternal health crisis in the United States. Our country has the highest rates of maternal mortality in the industrialized world. Women are twice as likely to die from complications of pregnancy or childbirth in the U.S. than in Canada or the United Kingdom. For Black women, especially, the risk is infuriatingly, heartbreakingly, unforgivably high. Three to Four times higher than white women. 80% of these deaths are preventable. This is the crisis.
This production will highlight original birth stories and true experiences with discrimination in the hospital system, featuring prominent voices from the reproductive justice movement.
Our next production will be held in-person, on stage, with a live audience as well as a live virtual audience from April 27th – 29th, 2023.
This production is a volunteer opportunity, as are all the roles of the 4thU Artivists group.
This will be a group audition and we ask all participants to plan to stay for the duration (to the best of your ability) to help contribute to a supportive experience for everyone auditioning. Please prepare a 1-minute piece that best displays your personality and sides will be provided for a cold reading during the group audition. (No memorization required.)
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