ABOUT STG > Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access
- Land Acknowledgement
- Anti-Racist Statement
- DEIA Defined
- Programming Philosophy
- Actions + Plans
- Support the Community
- Staff Trainings + Work
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.
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.
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.”
Actions + Plans
We will update this page as any changes are made and as more areas for improvement are identified. This page was last updated on May 13, 2021.
- Re-examine and modify STG’s Strategic Plan, the guide we use to name our long-term goals and the actions necessary to reach them. We will post our updated Strategic Plan here later this season.
- Created an Accessibility Coordinator role to assist in evaluating our policies, procedures, and physical spaces.
- Implemented a process to measure candidate diversity and reduce opportunities for bias to impact hiring decisions. Changes include applicant tracking system implementation, removing personal identifying information from resumes, compensation information posted for all roles, more diverse interview panels and regular review of position requirements to reduce barriers.
- As a member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, STG has signed on to their 10/20/30 Pledge, 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 fieldwide benchmarking effort and to issue an annual report on status, reflection, and discovery based on the work of this Pledge.
- Create a Director of Equity position in the leadership team and hire
- Create an Accessibility Committee to consult STG on ways we can improve
- Commit resources to enable STG to volunteer a period of time to community organizations and track impact
- Host educational exchanges on DEIA with the community in our spaces
- Inclusion of our updated DEIA initiatives and measurable outcomes in STG’s Annual Report
- Reboot our Theatre Access Program to more purposefully engage with under-represented audiences
- Increase the diversity of our staff, board and volunteers to, at minimum, reflect the diversity of King County demographics
- Increase the diversity of our audiences to reflect the diversity of King County demographics
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.
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
Suggested resources for exploration are noted below.
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