Theatre [Untitled]’s Commitment to Equity and Inclusion
Theatre [Untitled]’s mission is to provide a nurturing platform for undiscovered artists to forge igniting, challenging, and emboldening new and reinvented works while educating and empowering the next generation of artists. We recognize the harsh inequalities that exist in the American Theatre today. For far too long, key contributors to the American fabric and thus the American Theatre have gone unseen, unheard, and undiscovered. In the hopes of creating a new industry standard, we subscribe to this moral, living, and long overdue document. This plan has been created in line with the values of like minded groups that are leading this change within our industry. These groups (including We See You W.A.T. and the Broadway Advocacy Coalition) are from a diverse background and the vision of what our industry should strive to represent.
These ideals are an expansion of our company’s Core Values and are a part of our Mission Statement in the way we do business. Equality is woven into the fabric of our company. We understand that movement happens where there are greater expectations and we commit to creating the space to realize those greater expectations. Artistic Programming Theatre [Untitled] will execute and consistently evaluate Artistic Programming during season planning, educational programming, casting, hiring, and any other programmatic endeavor. Our action plan includes, but is not limited to:
Produce a Mainstage and Reading Series season that prioritizes new works written by at least half by BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ+ playwrights.
Celebrate and prioritize pieces in our Mainstage and Reading Series season that are written about BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ+ playwrights.
Strive to hire a company of directors, actors, designers, musicians, choreographers, teaching artists, and administrative staff that consists of at least half BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ+ members.
Administrative Staff The Board of Trustees will oversee and evaluate the Administrative Staff Action Plan. Our action plan includes, but is not limited to:
Administrative staff will regularly participate in mandatory equity and inclusion training and workshops.
Take time and use resources to build creative and design teams that consist of at least half BIPOC and prioritize BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ+ artists.
Address all reports of inequality or harassment without negative ramifications to the reporter.
Board Of Trustees The Board of Trustees Officers will oversee and evaluate the Board of Trustees Action Plan. Our action plan includes, but is not limited to:
Board members will participate in equity and inclusion training and workshops.
Hold quarterly evaluations of Theatre [Untitled]’s Equity and Inclusion Action Plan.
Cultivate and engage BIPOC prospective board members to represent equity on every level of leadership.
Audience/ Community Outreach The Administrative Staff will oversee and evaluate the Audience Action Plan. Our action plan includes, but is not limited to:
Cultivate and engage in relationships and partnership with organizations and small businesses in underserved communities and support BIPOC communities.
Provide low cost/free ticket options to members of underserved communities to ensure that all people have access to the Main Stage and Reading Series.
Cultivate and engage in relationships and partnership with BIPOC owned businesses and their communities.
Provide low cost/free education programming to underserved communities.
We realize that change will take time and we won’t always get it right but we are committed to the long-term work. This plan will be implemented in the 2021 season and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. We pledge to be held publicly accountable and are committed to revisiting and revising this plan as we, the American Theatre, and the world grow. Adopted by the Theatre [Untitled] Board of Directors November 25th 2020 Roque Berlanga, Artistic Director Kate Wilson, Executive Director Elizabeth Angelozzi, President Andrew Thomas, Treasurer Rhonda Bleibtrey, Secretary Liz Reusswig Melissa Dvozenja-Thomas Gerrad Taylor Tracy Wilson Susan DeSandre Marilyn Rossa Kail Timothy Tyrrell