Diversity & Inclusion

Sleeping Beauty, 2019

Implementing a Diversity and Inclusion initiative is important to our organization as it enables TCT to:

Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.

2019 Ferris State University. Diversity and Inclusion Definitions.
Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS, 2019

Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive universe promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members.¹

2019 Ferris State University. Diversity and Inclusion Definitions.

OUR VISION

To have a respectful and supportive theater that attracts talent (employees, cast, Board Members) that are broadly representative of the community we serve

To have an organization that caters to the local community and creates productions that reflect the diversity of the Tri-State area, stimulating attendance of all community members

OUR VALUES

We value diversity by…

Accepting, respecting and valuing individual differences

Capitalizing on the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our staff and Board of Trustee Members

We value inclusion by…

Identifying, addressing and removing misconceptions and barriers in our organization, including productions, process, practices, programs, and services

Facilitating opportunities that result in active and meaningful participation of all employees

Creating ideas, programs, and solutions built upon a range of perspectives

OUR PURPOSE

To integrate D&I values and practices into four areas of the organization (employee resources, theatre audience, production casting, and Board of Trustees) and to enable progress and results to be measured for all mentioned areas.

TCT has worked with a consulting firm, 2019 Arts Consulting Group, in order to achieve our Diversity and Inclusion goals. With them we have highlighted specific areas to focus on:

Employee Resources
Each individual in an organization brings with them a diverse set of perspectives, work and life experiences, as well as religious and cultural differences. The power of diversity can only be unleashed and its benefits reaped when we recognize these differences and learn to respect and value each individual regardless of their background.


GOAL: To develop internal cultural awareness and perceptions of inclusiveness throughout the organization

Theatre Audience
Since audiences connect to organizations through their programming, it is important that content and engagement strategies seek to develop a relationship with the communities they serve. Organizations that invest in more structured engagement reap benefits that affect all areas of the business and have a long-term impact.³


GOAL: To increase the number of people from diverse and underserved populations attending productions

Production Casting (sourced: 2019 Global Diversity Practice)
Diversity and Inclusion initiatives empower people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, and national origin.²


GOAL: To have a cast that is broadly reflective of the Tri-State community

Board of Trustees (sourced: 2019 Deloitte Insights)
Boards have an interest in encouraging inclusion as well as diversity. Where an inclusive culture exists, employees are much more likely to see themselves as part of a high-performing organization in which teams collaborate and consistently meet client and customer needs.⁶


GOAL: To grow the number of diverse Members of the Board

Superman, 2018