JUNE 2020 STATEMENT
Since its inception, The Sharon Playhouse has always been a source of joy for our community. We bring in and employ people from all walks of life to do what they love and bring happiness to you and your families. It is our responsibility to address and acknowledge the current social climate that affects so many of these people whose work, artistry, and creation you have enjoyed over the years. We at Sharon believe that there is no room for discrimination, bigotry, or oppression of any kind in our company: not in our rehearsal space, not on our staff, and not in our theater. We stand with those who are marginalized and unheard at this time. We pledge to address the ways in which we have been part of that marginalization and how, we, as an organization, can evolve and better ourselves.
To that end, the Board of Directors has established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. In our commitment to continued evolution and growth, this body will work to achieve the following goals:
To ensure that The Sharon Playhouse fosters a safe and inclusive working environment for employees of all races, genders, sexual orientations, religious affiliations, national origins, ages, abilities, and identities.
To promote the active recruitment of diverse artists, creative teams, and staff.
To advocate for the responsible telling of diverse stories and the elevation of diverse voices.
To provide education, training, and resources for best workplace practices in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
To lead the community by example in implementing practices of the above creeds and adhering to the goals of this statement.
We hope that you see these action steps as a pledge to keep bringing our audiences the highest quality of theatre possible, as well as fostering a safe, inclusive environment for all who work here.
The Sharon Playhouse stands in solidarity with the Black community in their fight against oppression and inequality. We pledge to do everything in our power to work for a society free of racism and intolerance.
While we don’t have all the answers, we have the passion to press forward and a commitment to create impactful and meaningful change.
We are listening. We are learning.
We are unshakably determined to build a world of inclusiveness, empathy and understanding, with a voice, a place, a platform for all.
Black Lives Matter.