Department of Theater Arts

Statement of Solidarity

We join with other theater artists and educators in calling for accountability in our profession and will work to create a space of welcoming inclusion for those we have the great privilege of educating.

We are committing ourselves as a department to deepening our efforts to fight racism and to engaging in conversations with colleagues and students that are open, honest and challenging as we work toward more just and equitable practices.

We are including a portion of our department’s value statement below. We, as a department, reaffirm these values and commit to action in our classrooms and on our stages. For our full Value Statement and DEI Resorces click here: Read our full value statement.

As a department, we will create actionable steps over the coming weeks. As those develop, we will be updating our community and seeking feedback. We must work toward this goal together and welcome you to join this effort.

From The Department of Theater Arts Value Statement

Distinct experiences and backgrounds (racial, ethnic, gender expression, gender identity, sexuality, economic, disability, religious, and social) enrich and enliven our conversations, scholarship, and creative expression. Through our curriculum, season planning, and the composition of our community, we strive to challenge discrimination, the marginalization of minorities, and the legacy of racism that has been inherent in the American theater tradition.