Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
We Commit To:
Giving equal opportunities to individuals regardless of ethnicity, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.
Evaluating the stories we tell and the voices we elevate on our stages.
Welcoming different ideas and perspectives.
CRT is committed to creating a Culture of Belonging for everyone. Whoever you are, wherever you come from, whoever you pray to or vote for, whoever you love, however you look on the outside, whatever abilities or disabilities you hold in your body, we are committed to CRT being a place you call home.
The vision of CRT is to be a haven for artistic excellence, belonging, and intrinsic joy. We want all people to experience that haven and home in our Creede theatre community. When they do, we can create theatre of exceptional quality. Over the past several years, we’ve brought a wider variety of perspectives to CRT’s stages. Although there are many forces that profit from dividing us, this extraordinary mountain town gives us an opportunity to come together.
In 2017 CRT initiated an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee made up of staff members and seasonal committee members, informed by the work done in society and the larger theatre world. The committee strives to explore and integrate practices that make our commitment of creating a Culture of Belonging possible. The committee holds learning and listening sessions, plans training, and works year-round to develop and adopt institutional practices that support all members of the CRT family.
The current committee chair is Brittni Shambaugh Addison, Education Director, supported by a team of ED&I Deputies from various departments in the Seasonal Company.
MAY 2021 UPDATE
Over the past year, Producing Artistic Director, John DiAntonio has often talked about finding the “silver linings.” It can be difficult to see those silver linings when in the midst of tragedy, but CRT has been grateful for the opportunity to slow down, reevaluate, and relearn. We have taken this “lull” period to evaluate our practices as humans and as an organization, and to make adjustments to those norms – acknowledging that much of it is rooted in cultural racism*. We are grateful for the folks who have pushed us and held us accountable, and we are committed to continuing our work towards becoming an artistic home for everyone.
We also acknowledge that CRT is currently a predominantly white institution. We know that to create a culture of belonging for everyone, we must also become an antiracist institution*, and we know that we have a long way to go and a lot of work to do.
In an effort to be more transparent, we would like to tell you about what we have done as an organization. Over the past year:
Created a weekly staff “Learning Lab.”
Participated in a two-day professional training with the organization Equity Quotient on becoming an antiracist theatre.
Created a hiring task force to restructure our hiring policies and implement practices that reduce bias.
Created an artistic task force to evaluate the stories being told on our stages and the folks who have historically been allowed to tell those stories.
Created a Season Selection Reading Committee to help us get a more diverse slate of perspectives as we evaluate and select our plays for the season.
The CRT Board has participated in a self-generated, eight-week Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion learning lab.
Members of the Staff have participated in EDI workshops and training specific to their department.
Committed to having an EDI Representative involved in the rehearsal and pre-production process for every show.
Made improvements to our buildings for them to be more ADA compliant and accessible. This includes redoing our Mainstage lobby floor, adding ADA toilets and accommodations in our public and private bathrooms, purchasing a state-of-the-art assisted listening system, and creating work surfaces that comply with ADA needs.
Committed to doing land-acknowledgements* in lobby signage and website language.
Increased our EDI Professional Development / Consultation budget.
Moved to a 5-day work week.
Eliminated the 10 out of 12-hour rehearsal day.
Committed to having at least one ASL-Interpreted Performance per show.
MOVING FORWARD, WE COMMIT TO THE FOLLOWING:
We will financially prioritize increased compensation for staff, seasonal employees, and contractors.
We will further develop CRT’s non-biased hiring practices, removing barriers to entry.
We will actively work to recruit BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and other underrepresented artists, theatre practitioners, and patrons.
We will provide free tickets for indigenous community members.
We will work to remove financial barriers to attending our productions.
We will continue to increase our EDI Professional Development / Consultation budget.
Below is a partial list of resources CRT Staff has utilized for Learning Labs and recommends:
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
We See You White American Theatre Demands
Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong
Crip Camp directed by James Lebrecht & Nicole Newnham
WBEZ Chicago’s Code Switch Podcast, Changing Colors in Comics
The Possibility Spectrum: Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Arts Organizations by Dr. M. Crystal Yingling
Cultural Racism: How the dominant culture is founded upon and then shapes norms, values, beliefs, and standards to advantage white people and oppress People of Color.
Antiracist Institution: An organization that is inclusive of diverse perspectives and experiences and which honors the humanity and dignity of the people within and beyond its walls.
Land Acknowledgement: A formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of the land.
Black Lives Matter
As a theatre committed to the work of equity, diversity, and inclusion, CRT stands in solidarity with every person and organization committed to fighting racism in its many ugly forms.