It’s been over a week since we learned the outcome of Election Day and people all over the world have responded with shock. During these elections in particular, racism, sexism, and bigotry have been central topics. It’s now become visible to the entire world what we already knew: this country is divided, there is still a lot of inequality and we have a long way to go for everyone to feel safe, respected and at home. This attitude keeps a culture of intolerance, superiority and contempt alive. If you’re not willing to be part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.
Catharsis Productions has tried to stay neutral throughout the elections and respect everyone’s choice and opinion on who should be the next President of the United States. We can’t deny, however, that our mission is to create a culture of respect, equality and inclusivity. We are here to eradicate interpersonal violence, sexual violence specifically. We will continue to fight.
This is our Manifesto.
Here at Catharsis Productions we believe in the power of honest, engaged conversation to reveal the truths our culture tries to deny.
We believe that that which has been hidden becomes embedded within our consciousness like a ghost haunting an old house.
We believe that genuine catharsis can purge those spirits from our collective community—to foster a culture no longer defined by past fears, but driven by aspirations to equality.
BECAUSE WE ARE BATTLING ENTRENCHED ATTITUDES AND MYTHS.
We believe in the audacious goal of courageously leaping into challenging conversations that have been going on for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
We believe that our fight is to challenge the notion that some people are condemned to be objects while others enjoy being actors; that some people are responsible for their vulnerability while others are entitled to take advantage of it; and that intervention is an optional, individual choice.
BECAUSE WE STRIVE TO FIND WAYS TO BUILD TRUST AND LOWER DEFENSES.
We believe that to enter this conversation effectively is to find the perfect angle; like an agile diver, cleaving the water with power and little splash.
We believe in humor, awkward silence, direct questions. And clarity. To model what it means to be humane and thoughtful.
BECAUSE WE MUST MEET OUR AUDIENCES WHERE THEY ARE AND TAKE THEM WHERE WE HOPE THEY CAN BE.
We believe that our mission is to engage our audiences with compassion for their weaknesses, and the courage to command their strengths in service of not only the greater good, but in the small, daily acts that will define their humanity.
BECAUSE WE BELIEVE A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE.
Catharsis Productions' mission is to change the world by producing innovative, accessible and research-supported programming that challenges oppressive attitudes and shifts behavior.