Equity & Anti-Racism Vision & Action Plan

American Players Theatre

Equity and Anti-Racism Vision and Action Plan

Updated April 2024

American Players Theatre’s commitment to Equity and Anti-Racism is rooted in our mission, shaped by our values, and is fundamental to who we try to be. This document summarizes our work to become a more equitable organization for historically marginalized groups, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people with disabilities.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are our guiding principles: Equity as actively addressing injustice; Diversity as embracing difference and change; and Inclusion as valuing all identities. Building on these principles, APT works to cultivate a culture where mutual respect is nurtured, listening for understanding is paramount, learning is essential and ongoing, and where responsible feedback helps us grow in the direction of our values.

We believe our work is better when we actively pursue equity to build a culture of belonging. We believe a rich tapestry of people, ideas, identities, and experiences gives us strength and collective wisdom. We believe these relationships create the conditions for everyone to bring their full selves to this collaborative work.

For a long time, we had not done enough quickly enough to address systemic racism. As an organization, we placed too great a burden on APT’s generous Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. We allowed the myth surrounding ‘Classical Theater’ – that it is primarily the domain of white practitioners and audience members – to be an obstacle in amplifying BIPOC and other systemically marginalized voices.

We are on an intentional and continuous journey to move APT’s culture forward. We are committed to doing this with joy, and to the best of our ability. This living document outlines our aspirations and is open to critique so we can hold ourselves accountable.

Our ongoing work is grounded in these tenets:

  • Expand the range of perspectives, identities, and cultures that make up APT, while we work to make sure that all feel supported and empowered.
  • Identify and Disrupt the structures, obstacles, and systemic forces that have excluded artists, artisans, and audiences.
  • Invite and Welcome a diverse audience.
  • Create art that Celebrates a wide range of perspectives, identities, and experiences because it makes our work stronger.
  • Honor and Live our values while holding ourselves and each other in accountable relationship.
  • Invest the necessary resources to make this work possible.