Moving towards more inclusive practices is a continual process that requires a commitment to ongoing learning. Here you will find resources to help you delve deeper into the issues discussed in MTF, as well as links to practical resources. This page will be updated regularly. Please contact if you would like to offer a contribution to this page.

Toolkits and Practical Resources

The Creative Equity Toolkit

The Creative Equity Toolkit provides an action-oriented approach to increasing cultural diversity in the arts.

This site features dozens of implementable actions, from simple to complex, along with hundreds of links to tools and resources developed around the world to help put these actions into practice.

Internationally there are remarkable differences in how arts organisations approach the question of diversity. This site brings together ideas, research and best practice from around the world into one place. We’ve extracted the solutions and recommendations from research and case studies, and provided short introductions to key concepts to help inform debate.

Includes info on:

  • Anti-racism
  • Cultural consultation
  • Programming and commissioning
  • Policy


Respectful Workplaces

The Creative Victoria website has a page that lists an overview of how to create Respectful Workplaces.  It includes lots of  information on:

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Resources for mental health and wellbeing
  • Codes of Conduct from peak bodies
  • Links to other organisations that can help with building Respectful Workplaces such as  MEAA, Arts Wellbeing Collective, Entertainment  Assist and more


The Directory by The People of Cabaret

The Directory offers a service for both producers/directors etc. looking for artists of colour and for artists of colour looking to be connected with opportunities.

For those looking for artists of colour to work with, the Directory is a paid service.


The Equity Wellness Challenge

A free, daily re-charge challenge booklet to help you learn more about your personal mental health and wellbeing

The MEAA Intimacy Guidelines for Stage and Screen

Guidelines for the industry to help make scenes with intimate content clear, professional and safe for all involved. These have been specifically developed for the Australian industry

Resources, links and further reading from sessions


Academic Reading List

This list contains readings that are either directly relevant to critically engaging with Music Theatre and/or may help attendees better understand or unpack concepts or ideas raised throughout the inaugural event.

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    Ahmed, Sara. ​Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others​. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

    Anderson, Virginia. “Set, Costumes, Lights, and Spectacle.” In The Oxford Handbook of the American Musical, edited by Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris and Stacy Wolf. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.

    Blair, Kelsey. “Broomsticks and barricades: Performance, empowerment, and feeling in Wicked and Les Misérables.” Studies in Musical Theatre, Vol. 10, 1 (2016): 55-67.

    Bryer J R, and Davidson R A, eds. The Art of the American Musical: Conversations with the Creators. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2005.

    Butler, Judith. “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory.” In Performing Feminisms: feminist critical theory and theatre, edited by Sue-Ellen Case, 270-282. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press,1990.

    Coyne, Sarah, Jennifer Linder, Eric Rasmussen, David Nelson and Victoria Birbeck. “Pretty as a Princess: Longitudinal Effects of Engagement With Disney Princesses on Gender Stereotypes, Body Esteem, and Prosocial Behavior in Children.” Child Development Vol. 87, 6 (2016): 1909-1925.

    Decker, Todd. "Race, Ethnicity, Performance." In The Oxford Handbook of The American Musical, edited by Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris, and Stacy Wolf. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

    Diamond, Elin. “Brechtian Theory/Feminist Theory: Towards a Gestic Feminist Criticism.” TDR, vol, 32, 1 (1988): 82-94.

    Dolan, Jill. Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theater. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005.

    Dolan, Jill. The Feminist Spectator In Action: Feminist Criticism for the Stage & Screen. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

    Glenn, Susan A. Female Spectacle: The Theatrical Roots of Modern Feminism. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2000.

    Gow, Sherrill. “Queering Brechtian feminism: Breaking down gender binaries in musical theatre pedagogical performance practices”, Studies in Musical Theatre, Vol 12, 3 (2018): 343-353.

    Hausam, Wiley. The new American musical : an anthology from the end of the century : Floyd Collins, Rent, Parade, The Wild Party. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2003.

    Higgs, Sam. 2016. “Damsels in Development: Representation, Transition and the Disney Princess.” Screen Education No. 83 (2016): 63-69.

    Hoffman, Warren. The Great White Way: race and the Broadway musical. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2014.

    Hurley, Erin. Theatre & feeling. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

    Jones J.B 2003, Our Musicals, Ourselves: A Social History of the American Musical Theater, Hanover: Brandeis University Press, 2004.

    Knapp, Raymond. "Performance, Authenticity, and the Reflexive Idealism of the American Musical." In The Oxford Handbook of The American Musical, edited by Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris, and Stacy Wolf. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

    Knapp, Raymond. The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2005.

    Lee, Hyunjun. “Between Broadway and the Local: Arts Communication International (ACOM), Seol & Company, and the South Korean Musical Industry. In MacDonald, Laura and William A. Everett (eds). The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

    Lee, HyunJung. “Broadway as the Superior ‘Other’: Situating South Korean Theater in the Era of Globalisation.” Journal of Popular Culture Vol. 45, 2 (2012): 320 – 339.

    MacDonald, Laura and William A. Everett. The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

    Monteiro, Lyra D. “Race-Conscious Casting and the Erasure of the Black Past in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton.” Review of Hamilton: An American Musical by Thomas Kail, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, Jeffrey Seller, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow. The Public Historian Vol. 38, No. 1 (Feb 2016): 89-98.

    Mulvey, Laura. "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema," Screen, Vol 16, 3 (1975): 6-18.

    Murray, Nubia. “Our faces on Broadway: Black shows see revival alongside colorblind casting of Mermaid.” Ebony Vol. 64, 1 (2008): 138-141.

    Pao, Angela C. No Safe Spaces: Re-Casting Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality In American Theater. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010, p42-63.

    Prece, Paul and William Everett. “The megamusical: the creation, internationalisation and impact of a genre.” In The Cambridge Companion to the Musical, edited by William Everett and Paul Laird. Cambridge: Cambridge Univeristy Press, 2002.

    Roesner, David. “Introduction: Composed Theatre in Context.” In Composed Theatre: Aesthetics, Practices, Processes, edited by David Roesner and Matthias Rebstock, 9-14. Bristol: Intellect Books Ltd, 2012.

    Rudloff, Maja. “(Post)Feminist Paradoxes: The Sensibilities of Gender Representation in Disney’s Frozen.” Outskirts: Feminisms along the Edge Vol. 35 (2016): 1-20.

    Savran, David. "Class and Culture." In The Oxford Handbook of The American Musical, edited by Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris, and Stacy Wolf. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

    Schlossman, David. Actors and Activists: Politics, Performance, and Exchange Among Social Worlds. New York: Routledge, 2002.

    Smith, Kristin. “Rent: Constructing Community.” International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics Vol. 11, 2 (2015): 225-238.

    Sternfeld, Jessica. The Megamusical. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.

    Sternfeld, Jessican and Elizabeth Wollman “After the Golden Age” and Symonds, Dominic. "Orchestration and Arrangement: Creating the Broadway Sound." In The Oxford Handbook of The American Musical, edited by Raymond Knapp, Mitchell Morris, and Stacy Wolf. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

    Viertel, Jack. "Fun with Race and the Media." American Theatre Vol. 25, 4 (2008): 60-61.

    Wilbur, Sarah. “Gestural economies and production in pedagogies in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening.” TDR Vol. 60, 2 (2016): 145-153.

    Wolf, Stacy. “Hamilton’s Women.” Studies in Musical Theatre Vol. 12, 2 (2018): 167-180.

    Wolf, Stacy. Changed For Good: A feminist history of the Broadway musical. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

    Wolf, Stacy. A problem like Maria: gender and sexuality in the American Musical. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2002.

    Wollman, Elizabeth Lara. The Theater Will Rock: a history of the rock musical from Hair to Hedwig. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010.

    Vermette, Margaret. The musical world of Boublil and Schonberg : the creators of les miserables, miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, and the pirate queen. New York: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2006.

    Viertel, Jack. The secret life of the American musical : how Broadway shows are built. New York: Sarah Crichton Books, 2016.