We stand alongside everyone seeking justice for Tony McDade, George Floyd, Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjohn Reed and too many others in the Black community. Black lives matter. Black lives have always mattered.
We are thinking about how the lives of Black and Brown people have long been affected by systemic oppression. On top of that, Black people have disproportionately suffered during the pandemic, and police brutality rages on. Deep-seated racial bias is causing pain, fear, despair, outrage and frustration for so many people.
Along with our Black artists, staff, friends and community members, we demand that all Black people not only have the most essential rights to live and to breathe, but also full justice and equality. We want to acknowledge here that white supremacy exists in America and in our field. We will strive to become an anti-racist theatre. We will prioritize a tangible dismantling of all systems of oppression throughout our work, no matter how uncomfortable those conversations.
In our commitment to build a more just, equitable and anti-racist company, we will match our words with deeds, in conjunction with and inspired by our artists, colleagues and all those who set an example for us to follow. We will:
- Uplift Black people and communities of color who are oppressed by white privilege and power by listening, providing support, and taking action. We will center this within our core values and beliefs of access and community building. We must acknowledge that in our country, we live within a framework of power that is not evenly or fairly distributed, and privilege is unequal. We will ask white people to understand white privilege.
- Acknowledge where we have come up short or have not done enough soon enough and work to hasten our internal work to create an anti-racist company by consulting with community leaders who can help to point out our own unconscious contributions to imbalance and privilege.
- Make shifts in our processes to listen to the voices of the oppressed and disenfranchised. We must acknowledge that Black people are not obligated to teach us how to care for them, and commit to doing the hard work to learn what support they need.
- Tell stories about, by, and for people from historically underrepresented communities, to appropriately honor the diversity of experiences that enrich our country.
We encourage you to support these causes, memorial funds, funds for direct families:
We have compiled a list of resources and organizations that have been shared with us, which is by no means comprehensive. We also encourage you do your own research for resources that would be valuable for your individual journey.
*These organizations are worthy of support, but have indicated that due to the outpouring of support recently, they recommend directing donations elsewhere, especially to those which are Black and BIPOC lead, to support the ongoing struggle for liberation, racial justice, and equity.