Our Commitment to Diversity,
Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism
Prospect Theater Company is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable space for creating and sharing musical theater. We are working to effect positive change within our field and our organization. We believe in the vision of a more just society and theatrical community, and it is our intention to create a welcoming space for making musical theater which brings together diverse artists and audiences.
Prospect is an Anti-Racist organization. During June and July 2020, a Board committee convened to develop a detailed Anti-Racism Action Plan. This work plan is an ongoing commitment to self-examination and organizational assessment, so that we may identify and change practices that contribute to a culture of white supremacy. Below we share a "living document" which will be updated as our work proceeds. (Last Update: March 2023)
L to R: Aaron Komo, Jeremy Greenbaum, MK Morrissey, Ako, Tamrin Goldberg, Vince B. Vincent, Adam Bashian. TAMAR OF THE RIVER. Photo by Richard Termine.
Our Commitment to Anti-Racism
Anti-Racism is defined as the work of actively opposing racism by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life. Prospect recognizes that its founding artists, staff leadership, and board members are predominantly white, and acknowledges the long history of racist systems and white privilege within the theater industry. We take responsibility for identifying and changing Prospect’s institutional practices that are informed by and uphold a culture of white supremacy. We have not amplified Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artistic voices with the full strength and awareness that we can, and should.
In our ongoing journey, we have identified and taken the following actions, which we will continue to assess in an ongoing manner:
We established an advisory council of BIPOC artist members of the Prospect community, to ask for feedback, actively examine past organizational practice, and envision new practices for the future.
We are engaging in ongoing discussion around all aspects of Prospect’s mission to develop and produce new musicals, and create expanded platforms for emerging artistic voices.
During 2023 we plan to pilot bi-monthly "open table" gatherings to further discussion and ideation with the wider Prospect community.
We aim to center EDI values in our creative work and processes for new work creation.
Prospect conducted an internal audit of its past hiring practices from 2015 - 2020, to build a base of data about our staff and artist community.
We assessed the number of BIPOC artists and staff involved in Prospect’s programs, and compensation rates across all programs. This data informs our budgeting and planning moving forward as we continue to track these data points.
We will research and put in place stronger avenues for recruitment, using a wider net to source candidates.
We will explore best practices to provide EDI training for Prospect’s ever-evolving network of project-based staff and artists, and continue to create strategies and opportunities for engaging our community in this work
The work outlined above with the constituencies of Prospect’s artistic community, staff and board, as well as those we connect with through outreach and educational efforts, have directly impacted on Prospect’s artistic programming.
We have an ongoing focus to amplify Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artist voices creating new musical theater, not only through developmental programs, but in fully-produced endeavors.
We are exploring performance venues which may make the company’s work more accessible to expanded artist and audience communities.
We will work to assure a positive experience for BIPOC artists and audiences entering each rental performance space.
We will build on Prospect’s commitment to working equitably with partner organizations and affinity groups led by BIPOC artists and change-makers.
We are working to expand Board membership to include greater representation from the BIPOC community.
EDI and Anti-Racism work will be an ongoing agenda item at Board meetings, not only a committee effort, with regular check-ins on progress towards our goals.
We will provide continued education and training opportunities for our Board.
OUTREACH AND EDUCATION:
Prospect will renew educational outreach activities to engage with more and more diverse student communities and early-career professionals.
Prospect will examine its internship opportunities to make sure each program is accessible and equitable in its approach.
Prospect acknowledges that mistakes and missteps in its Anti-Racism and EDI work will be inevitable, but we pledge to listen and learn from BIPOC members of our community as we progress in this work. We will annually review and update the above list of action items and goals.
In our initial work, we have learned that understanding terms is an essential first step!
Other resources can be accessed on these websites:
For white members of our community, click here to access some starter resources for self-education.
To report an incident or for access to other resources, visit StopAAPIHate.org.
For Safety Resources and
Bystander Intervention Information:
For additional resources, please click here
to visit the website of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).