The events of the last year have brought our company to an important inflection point. The violence against people of color and the long-overdue conversations about the lack of equity in the theatre industry have fully revealed the many systems of oppression that have sought to silence BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), transgender, non-binary, gender-fluid, disabled, and neuro-divergent creative and performing artists (among many others).
While we have attempted to create a more equitable space for our writers and subscribers, we now see our work to this point has been performative because it lacked the necessary multi-pronged systemic changes. We recognize that our privilege has kept us from seeing the work that must be done. At our best, we limited the possibility of growing with diverse and vibrant theatre artists. At our worst, we harmed the community we love and want to uplift.
Now that we have a clearer understanding of where we are as an organization and our role in the theatrical community, we are eager to transform ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com into a space of belonging for all.
We make a commitment to enact meaningful change in both the Culture and Policies of our company, which we hope will improve both our writers and subscribers’ experiences. These changes include reimagining our submission process, creating visual cues of equity in the design of our site, and surveying our writers and subscribers to better ascertain how we can celebrate our many intersections of diversity.
STATEMENTS OF ALLYSHIP
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Musical theatre celebrates the power of our stories. We acknowledge, however, that countless stories and storytellers have been appropriated or silenced, particularly those indigenous to the land on which we created and continue to operate this website. We recognize the Munsee, a subtribe of the Lenape, who occupied what is now known as northeastern Delaware, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and large areas of Southern New York, including New York City. We also acknowledge the Oneida Nation, which occupied 6 million acres of land, from the St. Lawrence River to the Susquehanna River. Both were unceded from their land: the Munsee Lenape through European colonialism and the Oneida Nation through the inequitable power of the United States and New York State governments. We pay respect to the Munsee Lenape and Oneida Nation peoples, past, present, and future. We recognize the richness of their stories, even as indigenous creators and performers have yet to be equitably represented in our industry. Let us each contemplate our part in supporting indigenous movements as a way of learning about the harm of colonization and embracing the power of their stories. Please visit https://native-land.ca/ to view and learn about the native land you may be on.