Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Beginning in 2020, Theatre@First has engaged in an anti-racist change process. Believing that this is the best way for us to embody our commitment to radical welcome for all who love theatre, we embarked on a deep examination of our policies and operating procedures, identifying ways that we must change in order to create anti-racist theatre within our organization and to make equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and people with other gender and sexual identities (LGBTQIA+), people with disabilities, and members of other marginalized communities an explicit part of our theatre community. The following policies represent a starting point. We welcome your feedback.
GOALS: To increase participation of a diversity of actors and staff and to tell stories of marginalized communities to a wider audience.
The Season Selection Committee will prioritize creating a season of mainstage shows that includes a diversity of voices among directors, playwrights, actors, and other participants.
Directors must identify in their applications and interviews how their proposed production will contribute to increased equity, diversity, and inclusion at Theatre@First, commit to an anti-racist casting pledge and take part in anti-racist learning.
Every attempt will be made by Theatre@First to recruit a diverse production team and to provide opportunities for BIPOC to train in production skills.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Representative
GOALS: To ensure that principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion are followed at each step in the audition and casting process and to assist the director in meeting their pledged casting goals.
GOALS: To increase outreach to a diverse range of talent and expand visibility of opportunities at Theatre@First available to BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities, and to track diversity of participants more accurately.
GOALS: To ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all auditioners.
GOALS: To achieve casting goals stated in the anti-racist casting pledge and individual directors’ show proposals and to communicate Theatre@First’s anti-racist commitment to fairness in casting.
Special Event Casting
GOALS: To create more explicit EDI policies for Special Events and ensure that T@F’s anti-racist principles are embodied in all productions.