April 8th Statement

Village Theatre is listening to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities as we work to become an anti-racist organization. Alongside a tremendous number of other predominantly white theatre organizations locally and around the country, Village has chosen to listen to our BIPOC community because we understand there is a history of harm perpetrated within the theatre industry. We’re working to both repair those past harms and to establish practices that prevent harm in the future.

Historically, there have been disproportionately fewer opportunities for BIPOC theatre makers and communities. The future of Village Theatre is one of equity and inclusion with equal opportunity. Village Theatre recognizes that there are varying levels of fluency with regard to systemic racism and white supremacy within our organization and community. In pursuit of becoming anti-racist, we will learn and grow along the way and use that knowledge to course-correct.

Recently, questions were raised regarding employment practices supporting our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Plan. You may view our racial equity plan here. We are committed to continuing to evolve our hiring, programming, and operational practices as we pursue our plan. Further, Village Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on one’s race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status.

Finally, we want to acknowledge that for some the philosophy and language surrounding anti-racism work may sound new and challenging. An anti-racist organization is one that takes action against inequity and works to dismantle structural and institutional racism within the organization. We are continuing to educate ourselves and we invite you to engage with us on this journey. For additional context around our Anti-Racism Plan, we would like to refer you to the list of demands published by the American Theatre Industry Leaders for greater context. You will find that here: We See You White American Theatre