IDEA To Action


A far wider spectrum of perspectives is required around the table—from the rehearsal room to the board room, on our administrative and creative teams. Chicago Shakespeare will challenge existing recruitment, hiring, and casting practices, and increase BIPOC representation at every level, across all departments, and our stages.

Our Objectives

  • Expand the demographics of applicants seeking open positions at Chicago Shakespeare to increase participation from BIPOC individuals, people with disabilities, people of all gender identities and expressions, and individuals from underrepresented populations. Address methods for removing barriers, creating safe space, and intentionally and authentically welcoming staff into our organization.
  • Implement a company-wide applicant tracking system and standardize applicant intake process to collect accurate data with which to measure the diversity of the pool of applicants.
  • Explore how nonprofit cultural organizations set IDEA goals for full- and part-time staff.
  • Track metrics related to demographics of staff and artists and disclose them regularly for full- and part-time staff.
  • Implement an onboarding program for all Chicago Shakespeare employees that focuses on IDEA commitments and objectives.
  • Standardize hiring and recruitment processes to support IDEA commitments, taking into consideration where jobs are posted and by whom, a review of hiring/recruitment communications, and other best practices.
  • Analyze all job descriptions and compensation levels throughout the organization to establish equitable structures of compensation and benefits.
  • Implement a training program for all Chicago Shakespeare hiring managers on recruiting diverse candidates and cultural competencies that support and retain diverse staff.
  • Create a network of organizations and associations (professional, educational, civic, community) and build relationships within the network to increase and diversify the candidate pool for jobs at the Theater.
  • Explore internship and apprenticeship program models that attract and support BIPOC candidates.

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