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Anti-Racist Theatre

Statement of Commitment

What good are the stories of injustices on our stage if we are not willing to disrupt those same injustices in our organization and personal lives? Rep Stage views the work of anti-racism as integral to the art we create, the people that work at our theatre, and the communities we serve.

Rep Stage acknowledges its complicity in upholding and benefiting from the systemic structures that have caused harm and inequity. As we work to change these practices, we commit to an anti-racist theatre ethos which actively reduces harm, prevents harm and repairs relationships while acknowledging the past and re-imagining the future.

With transparency to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in our community, and all the communities we are in relationship with, Rep Stage will implement a series of action steps in direct response to creating an anti-racist theatre practice. These actions are not inclusive of all the anti-racist practices and policies that we are working towards. We acknowledge that this is an ongoing practice and that this work does not end.  

To our Black, Indigenous and Artists and Patrons of Color, thank you for your call to action as well as holding us accountable; for this we are truly grateful.  We know these conversations take emotional energy, and in some cases the revisiting of past harm. 

Our Definition of Racism:

The systemic oppression of and/or harm inflicted upon an individual or group based on race, ancestral identity or immigrant experience.