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Land Acknowledgement

Seattle Theatre Group acknowledges that we live, work, and play on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, specifically the ancestral land of the Duwamish, Suquamish, and Muckleshoot Tribes and that we occupy this land. This acknowledgement does not take the place of authentic relationships with Indigenous communities but serves as a first step in honoring the land we occupy.

Anti-Racist Statement

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.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Defined

DIVERSITY: All are welcomed and represented.

EQUITY: A dedication to fair & respectful treatment and outcomes for all within our operations & structures.

INCLUSION: An environment for our diverse communities to participate, express themselves and be heard.

ACCESS: Building bridges and eliminating barriers to allow for the greatest participation in the arts.

Programming Philosophy

We believe in the transformative power of representation and strive to present a diversity of viewpoints and life experiences on our stages. Sharing one's experiences through their art has the power to shift perspectives, challenge norms, and radically change the way in which we view ourselves, each other and the world around us. In 2018, we began tracking artist demographics, when available, including: country of origin, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, and religion. This data is used to better understand representation on our stages and to identify areas in which improvements are necessary. We acknowledge that demographic terminology is ever-evolving, and we strive to improve our methods and language regularly. Meaningful partnerships with a greater diversity of event producers and community organizations are key towards helping us reach our goals and an area we’ve identified as a great opportunity for growth.

From time to time, controversy arises both internally and externally around decisions to present an artist on our stages. We approach these controversies seriously and make determinations on a case by case basis. The variety of issues are vast and the timing in which they occur (sometimes after we’re contractually obligated) affect how we’re able to respond. STG is focused on embracing controversy as an opportunity to facilitate conversation in the spirit of inclusivity, societal progress, staff cohesion, and advancing our vision of being “The People’s Theatre.”

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Support the Community

We are grateful to work with and be inspired by so many incredible organizations and individuals throughout the Pacific Northwest. We invite you to learn more + support them as you can.

Another great resource is Intentionalist, where you can search for + support more businesses owned by women, people of color, veterans, LGBTQ, and more.

Staff Trainings + Work

For more information on the accessible services and programs we offer, please visit our Accessibility page.

In 2020, we engaged the consulting services of Donna Walker-Kuhne from Walker Communication Group, Inc to facilitate our discussions around resetting our organization through the lens of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access. During this time, STG staff attended trainings, engaged in conversations and received feedback on ways to continue improving the work we do through the lens of DEIA.

Additionally, STG has engaged Stephanie Johnson-Toliver from Black Heritage Society of Washington and other historians to research and consult with STG on our venues' history and the impact they have had in Black communities.

Resources

We encourage you to support BIPOC booksellers! A few options:

AfriWare Books
Black Pearl Books
Blackstone Bookstorre and Cultural Center
Cafe con Libros
House of Consciousness
Positive Vibes
Sistah Scifi

Suggested resources for exploration are noted below.

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