We, the company of Northern Stage, believe in creating an inclusive community on and off stage. Theater is a healing art form, and we will work to heal, reveal, and lift up the voices that dominant culture America has marginalized for too long.
We are committed to continuing to make our art and our community inclusive to all, including:
… making working for racial justice an institutional core value and daily practice. We commit to annual Anti-Racism, bystander, and restorative justice training for executive leadership and staff, as well as ongoing anti-racist awareness opportunities for our audiences.
… lifting up BIPOC voices, LGBTQ and TGNC artists, including work with the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle, new work development with emerging artists, and through our Experiential Term for undergraduate students. When our artists are engaged in sensitive material we will provide appropriate counseling resources and support.
… actively seeking out people from diverse experiences, and we value our differences. We commit to equity and transparency in our hiring practices, prioritizing robust BIPOC representation on and off stage.
… working with other nonprofits in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire to create an ongoing effort of collective impact. We will work together to recognize and name the lack of diversity in our region and collaborate to make change in our shared ecosystem so that our environment becomes more supportive of BIPOC, LBGTQ and TGNC employees and employers in the future.
… continuing its policy of adding previously underrepresented voices to our Board of Directors as a vital ongoing practice. The Board will undergo annual EDI training in order to support a nurturing and positive environment for all artists and staff.
… continuing to work towards making our space and our programming accessible to all including providing assisted listening devices for all public programming, pay-what-you-can previews, making improvements to our Courtyard Theater for patrons using mobility devices and holding relaxed performances of appropriate mainstage shows.
… ongoing learning and community engagement. As we continue this journey, we will make Equity, DIversity and Inclusion resources such as workshops, conversations and reading materials available to our staff, board, community, and the public. We will continue this learning in concert with our artistic programming, fostering ongoing conversation and context to the work on our stages.