ABOUT STG > Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access
Seattle Theatre Group is committed to examining, challenging and updating the way we do business through the lens of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access.
We are working together to evolve STG in all that we can and should do for Black, Indigenous and all communities of color. STG is also committed to ensuring that our services, events and spaces are accessible to all people. We uphold the belief that every person has the right to live with dignity, equality, comfort, and independence. We understand every lived experience is different, and we are working to create an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcomed.
Seattle Theatre Group is reviewing and updating current policies to eradicate racist ideologies and practices. As an organization, we commit to continuing to review, evaluate, and challenge our current practices on an ongoing basis.
To be an anti-racist organization, we are acknowledging there is a system of disproportionate opportunities for Black, Indigenous and people of color. This is a critical time for us to re-examine existing systems of oppression and work towards becoming a fully inclusive and equitable organization.
As a leader committed to racial equity and gender justice, STG pledges to:
- A 10-year commitment to empower, represent and engage the work of artists and organizations within our work and/or organization who identify as and whose primary focus is from Black, Native/Indigenous, People of Color, women, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQIA2S+ persons. This includes a commitment to hire, develop, and provide opportunities for Black, Native/Indigenous, People of Color, women, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQIA2S+ persons in leadership and staffing positions of our organization, incorporating local and regional demographics to inform these decisions.
- 20% percent of our programming or artist rosters allocated exclusively towards the mission, performance, presentation, commissioning, and administration of the work by artists and organizations who identify as and whose primary focus is from Black, Native/Indigenous, People of Color, women, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQIA2S+ persons.
- 30% percent of our annual budget for programming---for the presentation, commissioning, creation, producing or educating about work; for leadership and personnel---for the salaries and professional development costs in training and hiring for leadership, management, artistic, production, and staff positions of our organization; and for vendors---to focus exclusively on those owned or led by Black, Native/Indigenous, People of Color, women, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQIA2S+ persons and include local and regional demographics to inform these decisions.
STG’s commitment was set with a goal of surpassing the 10-year commitment to empower, represent and engage the work of artists and organizations, 20% percent of our programming or artist rosters and 30% percent of our annual budget for programming. We commit to providing current data in these areas to track the current state and progress of our efforts as part of a field-wide benchmarking effort and to issue an annual report on status, reflection, and discovery based on the work of this Pledge.
To learn more about APAP’s 10/20/30 Pledge visit 10/20/30 REDI Pledge - APAP (apap365.org)
STG Underwrites Performances: HAMILTON and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Seattle Theatre Group invited Title I schools and community groups to enjoy HAMILTON and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, for an opportunity to engage in the intersection between arts and education.
Seattle Theatre Group charters a new DEIA Committee with its Board of Trustees. Charter: STG is committed to diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices. STG is continually reviewing and revising how we do business to ensure we are working towards becoming a fully inclusive and equitable organization.
The STG Board has established a DEIA committee to further enable progress toward the DEIA strategic plan through clear, measurable goals, partnership with Advisory Groups, and continued use of an equity lens in decision making.
- The purpose for STG’s DEIA Committee is to assist STG in achieving its Diversity, Equity Inclusion and Access goals.
- The DEIA Committee is tasked with
- Ensuring that STG’s Strategic Plan incorporates STG’s DEIA goals and measurable results
- Collaborating with the DEIA Director and the Leadership Team to develop strategies, resources, and measurable results
- Collaborating with the DEIA Director, the Leadership Team and Board in defining partnerships
- Providing quarterly update reports to the STG Board
- Addressing emerging issues and follow-up on work being done to provide advice/recommendations for resourcing as needed
- Engaging with DEIA Director on the DEIA report to provide advice in advance of board distribution
STG’s History Project researches the history of the Moore, Neptune, and Paramount Theatres from 1907, 1921 and 1928, when the theaters opened in Seattle. The research will center on Black experiences in the theaters in and around these dates. The research will support the further development of STG’s institutional knowledge, internal files, and will support STG’s goals to acknowledge early 1900s theatre culture that influenced access for audiences and performers through an equity and inclusion lens.
The project will build and elevate the current narratives posted to the STG website for The Moore, Neptune, and Paramount Theatres, which can be found here.
STG is grateful to have three leading historians to do the research on the History Project: