We acknowledge the history of systemic racism and oppression that exists in our industry. We acknowledge our role in these oppressive systems and are committed to becoming an anti-racist and fully inclusive organization.
Orlando Family Stage Equity Statement
At Orlando Family Stage, we believe theater has the power to help us create inclusion, inspiration, creativity, and connection. We believe all young people should have access to theater, and should see themselves reflected in our programming, on our stages, and in our staff. We must be a leader in our community through fully embracing diversity, equity and inclusion if we are committed to creating the world our young people and their families so richly deserve.
We commit to the work of becoming an antiracist organization by establishing internal organizational systems, processes, structures, and an equitable culture so all feel welcome. We hope you will join us on this journey.
We are here to help! Contact any staff immediately with any questions, needs, or concerns. If you experience or witness racial harassment at Orlando Family Stage, please use this Conflict Resolution Form to report it.
Orlando Family Stage Community Agreement
By entering this shared space, you agree to:
- Foster INCLUSION by playing an active role in keeping this space welcoming and supportive to all identities. Treat others with respect through your words and actions. See value in our differences.
- Seek INSPIRATION through approaching individuals, interactions, and stories with a curious mind and listening ear. See every opportunity as a chance for learning and understanding.
- Engage with CREATIVITY by remaining open to new possibilities and the places they lead. Celebrate imagination, honor growth, and respect the art and those who make it.
- Pursue CONNECTION by practicing empathy with each other. Strive to be fully present and participate with kindness. How we treat each other matters.
Land acknowledgement is a traditional custom dating back centuries for many Native communities and nations. For non-Indigenous communities, land acknowledgement is a way of showing respect and resisting the erasure of Indigenous histories.
Resources & Staff Training
In order to create a path forward, Orlando Family Stage has devoted time and resources to engage in a wide variety of anti-racism training for staff with the following organizations and publications.
- We See You White American Theatre
- TYA USA National Research Reports
- How to Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Theatre Communications Group
- Black Theatre Girl Magic
- Broadway Advocacy Coalition
- TYA USA
- Orlando Economic Partnership Community Pledge
- Critical Conversations
- Black Boardroom Leadership Institute
- Black Theatre United
- Activating Black Artists and Allies for Racial Justice
- John F. Kennedy Center
- Annual Meeting focused on anti-racism and oppression
- A Conversation with Zaretta Hammond
- Radical Creativity in Professional Learning
- Edyth Bush Institute
- Mini Summit: Building an Inclusive Community
- Florida Professional Theatre Association
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training
- Redbud Resource Group
- Masterclass: Going Beyond Land Acknowledgments
- Whiteness at Work
- Transforming Cultures of Nice
- Black Live Matter at School
- Early Childhood Black Lives Matter at School Symposium
- Black Acting Methods
- Anti-Racist Action Bootcamp
- Right to Be
- Bystander Intervention Guide
- Milwaukee LGTB Community Center
- LGTBQIA+ Safe Spaces Seminar
- African American Children’s Book Project
- Annual African American Book Fairs
Orlando Family Stage encourages staff to see anti-racism work as a lifelong responsibility and continues to support and encourage this work personally and professionally.