Chicago Shakespeare’s ongoing work to be a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization has been informed by a thoughtful, collaborative process. We join the Theater industry in examining the embedded structural inequities in the field and in illuminating ways in which we can address them. We honor the work and intentions of industry initiatives led by BIPOC theater-makers, including We See You W.A.T. (White American Theater), Black Theatre United, and more.
We have engaged cross-departmental working groups to examine our practices and policies and to establish short- and long-term goals for the organization across each of the six IDEA areas of focus. Metrics and structures of accountability are being agreed upon as we determine how best to update and report on our progress moving forward.