Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility

Sleeping Beauty, 2019

Implementing DEIA initiatives are 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.

Equi­ty is defined as ​“the state, qual­i­ty or ide­al of being just, impar­tial and fair.” The con­cept of equi­ty is syn­ony­mous with fair­ness and jus­tice. It is help­ful to think of equi­ty as not sim­ply a desired state of affairs or a lofty val­ue. To achieve and sus­tain equi­ty, it needs to be thought of as a struc­tur­al and sys­temic concept.

2021 Annie E. Casey Foundation.
production photo of 4 actors on the wiz set
The Wiz JR., 2021

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.

Accessible means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use. The person with a disability must be able to obtain the information as fully, equally and independently as a person without a disability.

NC State University. What Does Accessible Mean?
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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

3 actors in costumes

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 equity by…

Providing employees with DEIA training to recognize equity inconsistencies

Promoting scholarships for Academy classes

Facilitating JumpStart Theater Program for schools to build and grow a theatre department

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

We value accessibility by…

Offering subsidized tickets to local schools for MainStage productions

Keeping public ticket prices low, with $10 tickets available for every performance

Producing Sensory-Friendly performances of MainStage shows

Capturing productions for digital streaming option

actors in Cinderella play

OUR PURPOSE

To integrate DEIA 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 worked with a consulting firm, 2019 Arts Consulting Group, in order to achieve our DEIA 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

woman in yellow dress behind desk, man in suit leaning against chair
Superman, 2018

Talking to Kids about Racial Diversity and Inclusion

A list of resources to guide discussions about acceptance, kindness, friendship, inclusion, respect, and diversity with students of all ages.