Who We Are & What We Do

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Mission

Kelsey Forward Initiative is committed to actively assisting Kelsey Theatre in advancing an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all productions and programs offered by the resident theatre companies.

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Vision

The Resident Theater companies at Kelsey Theatre commit to following principles of color-conscious casting at every stage of the production process, including the selection of production team personnel and throughout casting.

 

We acknowledge the need for growth and are committed to learning from our past mistakes.  We aim to foster an inclusive environment for people of all races, genders, religions, sexual orientations, creeds, socio-economic statuses, nationalities and abilities.

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Values

The Resident Theater companies at Kelsey Theatre commit to following principles of color-conscious casting at every stage of the production process, including the selection of production team personnel and throughout casting:

Each resident company at Kelsey Theatre will commit to the inclusion of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) in the cast/ crew of every production.  ​

Each resident company at Kelsey Theatre will broaden their scope and challenge their views towards casting.  Traditional classic shows should focus on color-conscious casting and roles originally played by BIPOC do not need to be the only roles cast with BIPOC.  

Each resident company at Kelsey Theatre will work with Kelsey Forward Outreach to identify and expand the audition pool for more opportunities for BIPOC. 

Each resident company at Kelsey Theatre will reexamine text that may be racially or culturally insensitive and devise a creative method to convey the message in current times.

Each resident company at Kelsey Theatre will submit their shows to the Kelsey Artistic Director, who in turn, will work directly with Kelsey Forward Initiative to select and approve shows for the new season.

Each resident company at Kelsey Theatre will utilize the standard audition template provided by Kelsey Forward Initiative.

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Each resident company at Kelsey Theatre will agree to provide information regarding K.R.E.W. (Kelsey’s Responsibility:  Everyone’s Welcome) to all members of each production cast and crew at their first rehearsal.  They will also allow K.R.E.W. members to attend the first rehearsal or other early rehearsal where all cast and crew would be present to answer questions.

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Each resident company at Kelsey Theatre is responsible for understanding and implementing the above policy items.  The Kelsey Forward Initiative will provide materials and resources to educate the entire community about best practices for inclusivity.

Any resident company unable to adhere to this policy may be recommended for education and/or disciplinary action by the Kelsey Artistic Director.