We will welcome/respect a wide range of experiences and perspectives in the study, practice, and production of theatre and dance. The richness of our creative process and the strength of our community relies on the incorporation of each individual’s unique experience.
We believe that our practices and community are only strong if all artists are treated equitably. We will continue to identify, examine, and decenter traditions in the fields of theatre and dance that have disproportionately excluded/subjugated/oppressed/invalidated BIPOC, LBTQIA+, and other historically marginalized voices. We amplify these voices to correct structural inequity in our recruiting, programming, curricula, pedagogy, and productions. We commit to meeting casting requirements as indicated by playwright/author in regards to appropriate race, gender, ability, identity, creed, belief, or culture.
We pledge to uphold a safe, respectful, and supportive space for all voices in theatre and dance in our classrooms, our rehearsal and production practices, and our hiring and programming practices. We will identify, acknowledge, and repair any failure to uphold this pledge. To this end, we welcome and rely on honest feedback and open dialogue to ensure justice for historically silenced artists.
We prioritize a safe working environment to maintain healthy theatre and dance practices. We create a climate of respect for all members of our community; supporting their physical, emotional, and mental safety and wellbeing. We practice self-care and learning that includes openness, advocacy, and safety. We also acknowledge the additional physical, mental, and emotional burden of oppression on BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse, and disabled artists in the creative process, and we pledge to ensure that artists have agency over their own personal wellbeing.
We commit to sustainable practices in our curriculum, studios, and spaces that prioritize ethical and safe use and management of environmental, human, and financial resources. We pledge to reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible. We pledge to use methodologies and practices in our spaces and curricula that respect these invaluable and limited resources as we advance the art, scholarship, and appreciation of theatre and dance and its place in society.