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For the last 6 years, MTC rehearses as volunteers at The Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey.  MTC uses theatre to educate about mass incarceration, and the oppressions caused by larger systems around intersections of white privilege, race, class gender and sexual orientation.  This provides a context for the women who are incarcerated to write about their life experieces. The women of the Edna Mahan Theatre Program perform in the prison to share their knowledge, and create change with other incarcerated women. 

DISMANTLING THE RACISM MACHINE A MANUAL AND TOOLBOX by Dr. Karen Gaffney - This interactive 90 minute show is designed to illustrate how racism was invented, and how the patterns of white supremacy and patriarchy continue to show up in our personal lives, laws and policies.  


NJ is one of the most diverse states but also one of the most racially segregated states in the US. Why don't we talk about this? Nationally, white household wealth is almost 13 times that of black household wealth and more than 10 times that of Latinx household wealth. Why didn't I learn this before? 

White women have benefited the most from Affirmative Action and yet are the most vocal about ending Affirmative Action. How come? Who gets ignored when feminism is not intersectional? How do I talk about this?

RVCC English Professor Dr. Karen Gaffney, author of Dismantling the Racism Machine: A Manual and Toolbox, and The Meta Theatre Company discuss and perform concepts from Karen's book through interactive theatre to encourage discussion and raise awareness. This show has been performed for training in the workplace, schools, and for the general public.


Click the button below to see PBS39 News Tonight feature The Meta Theatre Company and Karen Gaffney perform, Dismantling the Racism Machine a Manual and Toolbox


Speak Up! is a 90 minute interactive show that educates audiences on bystander intervention, and how to safely intervene when you witness hatred or discrimination in private and public conversations.  The MTC cast plays out a scene that takes place in a retail store between a customer and a cashier.  The audience is asked critical thinking questions, and given opportunity to interact with the cast to practice de-escalating the violence, and what to do after the incident is over.  

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