At Monday’s company meeting, 2nd Star voted on and approved the following Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement, as well as a new intentionally-inclusive casting policy. We also put together draft guidelines for a Diversity Liaison and Outreach Committee, and will vote on both of those at our September membership meeting. This statement and this new policy are now part of our guidelines, and are in our handbook for any incoming production team.
“At 2nd Star we believe that everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life. 2nd Star seeks to be a welcoming space for all: our patrons, our volunteers, and the community. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels. Our goal is to build a theatre community rooted in respect and opportunities for all and 2nd Star has a zero tolerance policy for any form of discrimination. We are a safe space for individuals of all races, national or ethnic origins, religions, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.”
Expansive Casting Policy:
“2nd Star believes theatre should celebrate and reflect the diversity within our community and practices color-conscious, expansive casting. All roles are open to any performer (race, ethnicity, gender identity) unless stipulated otherwise by rights or if the plot of a show is contingent upon specific casting. These specifics will be listed in any casting breakdowns in audition notices. Shows will be cast in a way that considers race and ethnicity in an intentional manner. Directors and production teams are expected to have an understanding and be mindful of the implications that such casting has on the story being told.”