As a theatre company and a long-standing member of many communities, we believe in the importance of words, the impact of action, and the healing capacity of shared stories.
We must take our share of responsibility for what is good and bad in our industry by taking a leading role in shaping its future.
- We acknowledge and understand the ways in which Roundabout and the theatre industry have been part of the marginalization of BIPOC communities and will work to correct those inequities.
- We are making equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism even greater priorities in our artistic work, education programs, employment practices, and workplace behaviors with artists, partners, government agencies, and our board and donors.
- The stories we tell on our stages will reflect an ever-wider variety of identities.
- We support and stand with our BIPOC colleagues, staff, artists, educators, students, and audiences, and we will listen to and learn from their stories and perspectives.
In 2019, we began to turn these commitments into action, focusing not on cosmetic, short-term changes but meaningful transformation and accountability in our organizational structure and culture:
- We have broadly embraced learnings from an externally conducted fall 2019 assessment of equity, diversity, inclusion, and marginalization in our culture, as well as the ongoing insights and labor of such organizations as Black Theatre United, We See You White American Theater, Broadway for Racial Justice, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Artists for Economic Transparency, Indigenous Direction, The Asian American Performers Action Coalition, and our peer theatres in New York and around the country.
- A Transformation Team of 29 staff members representing multiple departments, roles, tenures, identities, and positions has worked since July 2020 to develop a comprehensive, five-year Strategic Plan—focusing on concrete changes to our structures, policies, and practices, built, set up, and supported to succeed company-wide.
- In developing this plan, we have constructed a new set of company core values and strategic priorities, each with its own goals, objectives, action steps, timelines, indicators of accomplishment, and measures. The areas we are rebuilding comprise:
- Artistic Programming, Production Practices, and Audience Development
- Human Resources Policy, Practice and Protocols
- Organizational Leadership
- Board of Directors and Volunteer Leadership
- Organizational Culture, Education, and Accountability
- Collaboration and Teamwork
TIMELINE FOR NEXT STEPS.
- February–March 2021. Full staff review and input process of the draft Strategic Plan
- April 2021. Incorporation of staff input and creation of final plan
- May–June 2021. Anticipated adoption of final plan for organizational change and accountability consistent with these commitments, and public sharing of the plan
Our work can inform, enlighten, and inspire. Hold us accountable, as we hold ourselves.