As a theatre company that is a long-standing member of many communities, we believe in the importance of words, the impact of voices, and the healing capacity of shared stories.
That means we must also take our share of responsibility for what is good and bad in the world, and our ability to shape it. As we share the heartbreak and outrage over the unjust killings of Black citizens and the racism and intolerance behind them, the current pause in many of our operations gives us an opportunity, as Governor Cuomo has repeatedly stressed, to “build back better.”
We will intensify our commitment to be an actively anti-racist institution, and we charge ourselves with these assignments:
We pledge to address the ways in which Roundabout and the theatre industry have been part of the marginalization of the Black community and how we can correct that inequity.
We pledge that equity, diversity, and inclusion will be even greater priorities in our artistic work, education programs, and employment practices, and in our conversations with artists, partners, government agencies, and donors.
We pledge that the stories we tell on our stages will reflect an ever-wider variety of backgrounds.
We pledge to support and stand with our Black colleagues, staff, artists, educators, students, and audiences, and we will listen to their stories and perspectives.
Our work can inform, enlighten and inspire. Black lives matter. We will be on the right side of history.