ANTI-RACISM & ACCOUNTABILITY
BIPOC IN TYA
Stages Theatre Company has existed for almost 40 years. Through those years we have been committed to our mission to enrich and educate young people. We have pledged to curate a welcome home for all. We are long-standing and proud members of TYA/USA. But there is more work to be done.
We are grateful for BIPOC in TYA, a grassroots group of Black Indigenous & People of Color TYA professionals, and their seminal publication – “Anti-Racist & Anti-Oppressive Futures for Theatre for Young Audiences.” It is a guidepost for the work ahead and Stages Theatre Company pledges to do the work.
Our commitment to our mission is embedded in the young people we serve. They are the future. The work we do today impacts what our world looks like tomorrow.
Stages Theatre Company is committed to systemic change through organizational change. We are dedicated to growing into a resource and leader in the field and investing in anti-racist and anti-oppressive long-term initiatives. Our young people deserve it.
RACIALLY CONSCIOUS COLLABORATION
On September 21 and 22 Stages staff, board, and affiliate partners met in two virtual sessions with Tony Hudson, president, and founder of Racially Conscious Collaboration for the foundational seminar on centering people and race. We were introduced to the tools for productive conversations about systemic racism and paving the way for systemic transformation at Stages Theatre Company. We will continue to work with Racially Conscious Collaboration in the months ahead as we update our strategic plan and develop additional tools to transform into an organization that serves everyone who comes through our doors.
“The RCC Foundational seminar and Certification Program were unlike any of the previous programs or workshops I’d been a part of. Tony Hudson and his team brought effective and accessible tools, training and coaching support to me and my board and staff. We plan to continue to work with Racially Conscious Collaboration through our upcoming strategic and long-range planning, and mission driven work to provide young people with a more racially conscious theatre for young audiences. I’m excited by the work we can do together, and thankful for their support.”