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November 8, 2021: We’ve released our first Equity & Anti-Racism Progress Report. You can view that document here.
Guided by our mission, we at SpeakEasy believe that live theatre has the ability to connect us to one another. On stage and throughout our programming we tell stories that invite us to understand ourselves and the world around us more deeply, to uplift the voices of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, economic statuses, and abilities, and envision the changes we wish to see in our society.
As storytellers, we must engage honestly and deeply in conversations about our humanity. The appalling events of 2020 exposed the inherent racism and inequity in our nation, our city, and our theatre community. We witnessed the murders of innocent Black individuals at the hands of police officers, the disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and the inequities in theatre as an industry as pointed out by We See You White American Theatre. We must examine our own inequitable practices and complicity in systemic racism and engage in an ongoing process of addressing and undoing these wrongs.
We at SpeakEasy Stage stand in solidarity with those calling for justice and radical change.
We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize the history of violence and racism perpetuated against traditionally marginalized communities, especially Black and Indigenous people, most commonly by people and organizations rooted in white privilege. We acknowledge that it is not enough to believe in equality, but that we must actively and deliberately reduce harm and combat systemic oppression in all forms.
This commitment statement will ground our work, and we will continue to evaluate it as our organization grows. We acknowledge that this requires a long-term commitment and openness to structural and sustainable change. We are part of a mobilized arts community that must be in step with the needs and desires expressed by BIPOC, as well as individuals of all ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and physical and mental abilities.
We encourage feedback from our community and see this ongoing dialogue as imperative to shaping both our internal and external work. If you have comments or suggestions about this work, please complete this contact form.
To deliver on these commitments and the vision of our organization, we have created the SpeakEasy Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan (SEARAP), which can be found below. The guiding principles are:
SpeakEasy Stage Company’s complete list of commitments, including timeline, structural changes, and anticipated outcomes, can be found in our Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan. For questions or feedback, visit our contact page.