Central Works recognizes the demands made by We See You White American Theatre and the BIPOC Living Doc Equity Action Plan. We are aware of, and are grateful for, the extensive amount of labor that went into these documents. We have met this effort with labor of our own. Our Artistic Leadership, our Board, our Policy Committee, and our Planning Committee meet often to evaluate where we stand on the demands presented to us, and to initiate transparent, speedy action, with timelines.
The expressions of pain, grief, and rage from BIPOC artists about racism in our theater community moved us to a place of deep self-examination, commitment, and action. Central Works acknowledges that we, like so many other white U.S. theaters, have profited from systemic racism. Put simply, our desire and commitment is to heal the hurt we have caused and demonstrate anti-racism, equity, justice, and humanity: in our art, in the structure of our theater, and in the all the ways we work.
Our company has engaged in deep and meaningful dialogue to examine the personal, interpersonal, institutional, and structural levels at which racism – including but not limited to anti-Black racism – occurs in our organization. We are still asking ourselves: What attitudes and actions must we practice to enact and uphold anti-racism? What barriers exist to fully realizing this intention, and how will we remove them?
We have proceeded with urgency balanced with care in order to make thoughtful, deliberate, meaningful, and enduring changes. The following are our commitments, so far, in response to the We See You White American Theatre and the BIPOC Living Doc Equity Action Plan demands for dismantling systems of racism and oppression in the theater.
This list is incomplete. We commit to be thorough. Our process is ongoing and will not end. We will move forward with thoughtfulness, spirit, deep listening, and heart, to ensure everyone’s voice is heard, valued, and respected.
A more complete list of our commitments and actions are posted here and will continue to be revised and updated regularly.