Interlochen Center for the Arts
esther.triggs@interlochen.org

Esther Triggs

Esther Triggs is the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She was appointed to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in December 2022.

Triggs co-founded Journey Theatre Project (JTP). JTP works with non-profits, corporate entities, educational, religious and community organizations to create a brave space for necessary conversations. As Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion there, she challenged traditional power structures and disrupted unconscious bias, through the use of theatre, dialogue, game, and data.

Triggs has dedicated her career to educating communities in anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion practices. Triggs’ unique experience in both theatrical and corporate settings allows her to bridge gaps in facilitating conversations which leads to empowerment of individuals and groups toward equitable solutions.

Triggs is an alumnus of Cornell’s Diversity and Inclusion certificate program and a graduate of CUNY SPS’ master of arts in Applied Theatre program, that utilizes theatre for social justice work. She supports organizations in understanding the perceptual, institutional, and psychological process which impact the bottom line of an organization and how we, in community, interact with each other and create a culturally competent workplace.

Triggs’s work is rooted in Paulo Freire‘s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Freire believed not in leading others but rather in supporting folx to get where they want to go. Triggs supports people who want to learn about themselves and the world they inhabit in order to transform it. “…the word is more than just an instrument that makes dialogue possible; accordingly, we must seek its constitutive elements. Within the word, we find two dimensions, reflections and action, in such radical interaction that if one is sacrificed-even in part–the other immediately suffers.” Paulo Freire.

Summit Speakers

Trey Devey

Alison Watson

Warren Call

Jamie Gallagher

Ted Alan

Brian Beauchamp

Michelle Bien

Michele Boyer

Samantha Charnes

Nancy Deneen

Katie Jones

Troy DeShano

Nikki Devitt, IOM

Alex Flannery

Jeff Garrett

Gary Gatzke

Amy Gillard

Mary Bevans Gillett

Deb Jackson

Amanda Kik

Tracy Muscat Lareau

Chad Lindsey

Cindy McSurely

Peter Payette

Julie Povolo

Laura J. Quackenbush

Helen Raica-Klotz

Susan Roll

Brett Sinclair

Mark Smith

Carrie Tebeau

Nicholas James Thomasma

Esther Triggs

Minnie Wabanimkee

Summit Speakers

Trey Devey

Alison Watson

Warren Call

Jamie Gallagher

Ted Alan

Brian Beauchamp

Michelle Bien

Michele Boyer

Samantha Charnes

Nancy Deneen

Katie Jones

Troy DeShano

Nikki Devitt, IOM

Alex Flannery

Jeff Garrett

Gary Gatzke

Amy Gillard

Mary Bevans Gillett

Deb Jackson

Amanda Kik

Tracy Muscat Lareau

Chad Lindsey

Cindy McSurely

Peter Payette

Julie Povolo

Laura J. Quackenbush

Helen Raica-Klotz

Susan Roll

Brett Sinclair

Mark Smith

Carrie Tebeau

Nicholas James Thomasma

Esther Triggs

Minnie Wabanimkee

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