How to Be a White Man A Play Exploring the Complexity of Privilege and Identity

"Incredibly powerful! Turns old narratives on its head and leads the audience to think." - Jeff Chang, Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University

Created by writer, comedian and cultural humility educator Luna Malbroux, "How to Be a White Man" is a dynamic story about a journey to self-discovery amidst the challenges of navigating identity, power and privilege.

Luna Malbroux and Kevin Glass in How to Be a White Man

Directed by Rodney Earl Jackson Jr.


W.E.B. DuBois' theory of double consciousness gets revisited in this theatrical comedy that positions two institutional opposites together. Determined to get ahead, no matter what, Michelle attempts to land her dream job while grappling with the concept of white male privilege. A unique approach to unpacking power and identity, How to Be a White Man unapologetically raises critical questions in tangent with exploring the role of casual racism.

Regardless of who, what and where you are, we all internalize messages. As vulnerable, loving, hurting, and resilient people- we all pick up different beliefs that stick with us. -Luna Malbroux, Playwright

An Amazing tool for constructive dialogue at universities and Organizations

After each show, a facilitated talk-back supports the audience in unpacking and exploring larger themes in the show that touch upon the nuance of identity, privilege and power within institutions and the workforce.

More audience reactions

"An all-too-real story of being a woman of color in comedy and show biz, HOW TO BE A WHITE MAN takes a heartfelt look at the self doubt and expectations of success without selling out, sprinkled with hilarious stand up." Francesca Fiorentini, Al Jazeera Media
"A profound and thought provoking evening at the theater that is leaving the audience with much to think about." David Elijah Nahmoud, theater critic

Written by Luna Malbroux

Named one of KQED's Women to Watch, Luna Malbroux is a comic, writer, and creator of the award winning play, How to Be A White Man. Winner of the Comedy Hackday Grand Prize at SF Sketchfest, Luna has made international headlines as the creator of EquiTable, an app that satirically solves the wage gap by creating 'reparations, one meal at a time.' A regular contributor to national publications, Luna has been featured on Fusion TV, AJ+ and Refinery 29. With her masters in social work and international social welfare from Columbia University. Formerly the Director of Education for the Central Pacific Region of the Anti-Defamation League, Luna regularly consults with organizations on diversity, inclusion and racial justice practices. She is a featured speaker at conferences and universities across the country.

Created in part through conversations from the mapping privilege project

Featured in Glamour Magazine and KQED, Mapping Privilege is Luna Malbroux's award winning multimedia project in which she traveled across the country with one goal: to change how we talk about identity and privilege to how we listen. In her journey across the United States, she held hundreds of conversations about their understanding of identity and how it shows up in their life.

in partnership with SF BATCO

BATCO unites artists and audiences through live theatre that is reflective of the authentic perspectives and history of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our non-profit organization supports artists through creative development, full productions, and mentorships that aspire to engage a new generation of live theatre supporters.

Board Director Jamie Yuen-Shore, Founder Rodney Earl Jackson, and Founder Marcelo Pereira

Contact info@batco.org to find out how to bring 'How to Be a White Man' to your college or university today.

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