OUR PLAN AND PROMISE:
Theatre Lab’s mission to “inspire, develop, and produce new work, artists, and audiences for the American Theatre” is only possible with a sincere commitment to the ideals of Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, and Anti-Racism.
We recognize that racism exists in the Theatre industry, as it does in all parts of our society. We understand that because Racism has been so deeply woven into the fabric of our culture and nation, it is not always immediately visible and requires us to do the work to consistently examine our own systems and traditions. We accept our immediate responsibility to counter racism, injustice, and oppression in all forms. We understand that upholding this responsibility is vital to providing a safe space for artists and audiences to share their voices and stories with the world.
This is our promise.
Theatre Lab, the professional resident company of FAU, will begin our work by committing to the following actions:
- Continuing and deepening our commitment to Color Conscious Casting - casting which acknowledges race and serves to deepen theatrical conversations - for all readings, workshops, and productions. We will continue to make clear casting breakdowns public and available.
- Diversifying our artistic teams by seeking out BIPOC designers, directors, and playwrights. We commit to hiring at least one guest director each season and to re-examine and more clearly define the roles, responsibilities, and benefits of “Resident Designers”.
- Increasing commission opportunities for playwrights and continuing and deepening our commitment to equitable representation when awarding those commissions.
- Offering Inclusion Riders to contracted playwrights, directors, and designers in order to contractually ensure these artists are provided with all tools necessary for bringing their full vision to life on our stage.
- Continuing our commitment to a 5-day work-week for all artists, technicians, and staff members.
- Establishing the Theatre Lab Scholarship Fund in order to expand opportunities for students. If a student cannot be paid to participate in an internship without jeopardizing their work study status, we will provide them with a scholarship equal to the amount of the contract.
- Ensuring all audience talkbacks are led by experts in the field/community members with direct life experience related to the themes of the play or reading.
- Requiring and providing free training in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism to all staff and contract workers joining us for any project lasting more than one week.
- Increasing diversity among staff and continuing our commitment to transparent and inclusive hiring practices.
- Providing equitable access to professional development opportunities for all staff members.
- Participating in “listening sessions” to learn the ways in which systemic racism has prevented access and opportunity to our BIPOC colleagues and to hear their concerns and visions for creating an anti-racist and anti-ableist theatre arts industry.
- Advocating for diversification of existing governing boards in the FAU community.
- Continuing to use our programming and educational outreach initiatives to amplify calls for social justice and change.
- Broadening and deepening our partnerships with community organizations dedicated to fighting social injustice.
- Calling out injustices, advocating, and taking action to dismantle structures of systemic oppression in the Arts and Education industries.
- In addition to the plans above, we commit to consistently re-evaluating our practices and identifying ways in which we can completely eliminate systemic racism from our organization and our industry.
The Theatre Lab Team