Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Theatre is the art of live performance in which the action is precisely scripted, rehearsed, and performed to relay a coherent and meaningful message. Our action and message amplify the words of Chancellor Woodson. “…as a leading U.S. institution of higher education, we are committed to our critical role in helping right the injustices of racism and discrimination. I believe higher education can and should be a positive influence on lives well beyond academic instruction, and that we need to help lead the way forward toward equality, equity and justice for all in our country.”. University Theatre remains committed to play our part, in both action and message, to help address the injustices of racism and discrimination in our community.


Our Action

In March of 2020 University Theatre convened a task force of staff and students charged with defining how UT programing will be reflective of our diverse campus and community, how it will provide a safe and empowering environment for its participants, how it can embrace diversity to grow and retain membership, and how UT can create a culture of inclusion and participation for all. The task forces’ report has led to the creation of two exciting items. One, a twenty-eight page living-document outlining the guiding principles for University Theatre and two, the creation of a standing committee Equity, Diversity & Inclusion for Theatre (EDIT) to ensure continual positive change within the program. This committee, comprised of students and staff serving a semester long term, will meet bi-weekly to review, update, and applying the policies and procedures within the document.

Our Message

We are here to promote intellectual growth, cultural competency and self-awareness.
We are here to provide an accessible, inclusive and transformative environment.
We are here to support the development of individuals.
We are here to teach excellence across a comprehensive range of disciplines.
We are here to foster the success of the whole student.
We are here to listen.


Task Force Action Items

The task force identified four initial action items to address. Additional action items were identified and will be addressed with the first EDIT committee.

University Theatre’s yearly series will produce content and create opportunities for each show to ensure equitable, uplifting, celebratory, and positive experiences for students and the greater Raleigh community whether participant or patron. Production content shall reflect the multicultural community of Raleigh and center the works of under-represented people.

UT aspires to casting that reflects our world and our community. UT is committed to a welcoming and transparent audition process that supports students from all experience levels. Unless the choice is dictated by the author or story, UT casts based on the actor’s experience level and fit for the role and cast, rather than skin color, body size, gender identity, or physical ability.

UT is committed to inclusive rehearsals and performances by creating an environment of safe learning for students from all backgrounds. UT Staff commits to a transparent process that students can rely on.

UT values participants with a variety of personal experiences and worldviews to shape a more layered, creative, and informed theatrical process. UT commits to seek out students in the NC State community that reflect the diversity of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Task Force Full Report (Coming late August 2020)

Cultural Task Force Members

  • Rachel Klem, Chair (Faculty/Staff)
  • Lormarev Jones (Adjunct)
  • Joshua Reaves (Faculty/Staff)
  • Michael White (Staff)
  • Rosie Hou (Student)
  • Griffin James (Student)
  • Elle Nesbitt (Student)
  • Aysia Slade (Student)

EDIT Committee

Fall 2020 Committee Members

  • Adrienne Mackenzie, Chair (Staff)
  • Mia Self (Faculty/Staff)
  • Trameeka Reid (Staff)
  • Emilie Wood (Staff)
  • TBD (Student)
  • TBD (Student)

Fall 2020 Committee Schedule

TBD

Fall 2020 Committee Agenda

  • Action Item: Accessibility
  • Action Item: Accountability
  • Additional Resources
Student EDIT Member Signup

Additional Resources 

Additional Resources to be added. If you have suggestions please send them to universitytheatre@ncsu.edu

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