We at Thompson Turner Productions commit to working consistently to build an equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist workplace and to engage with our business partners and others in the larger theatre industry to do this work. We will create a more inclusive environment in our company, within the larger theatre industry, and in the world at large, for artists, staff, and audiences from historically underrepresented communities, including but not limited to people who identify as Black or African American, Indigenous, Latinx or Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, and all people of color, women, LGBTQ+, immigrants and people with disabilities.
While we expect that our Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) initiatives will evolve over time, we have already taken the following actions:
— Including discussion of EDIA initiatives in our weekly management meeting.
— Implementing recurring anti-racism and anti-bias training for all current and future staff, including interns. We will pay for such trainings and provide time during working hours to complete the trainings. 100% of our team has completed initial anti-bias training as of June2021.
— Eliminating unpaid internships. In addition to paying interns, we will also further develop the training and learning opportunities that we make available to our interns.
— Setting a goal to prioritize recruitment of people from historically underrepresented backgrounds.
— Engaging a third-party EDIA consultant who will help us shape our EDIA initiatives, be an ongoing resource for current and future staff as we implement these initiatives, and be available to counsel staff and help ensure all voices are heard.