Equity Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Equity Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At WaterTower Theatre, we believe that there is no place in this world for discrimination, prejudice, or racial injustice. We believe that Black Lives Matter, love is love, and that every person deserves to be treated with respect, equality, and equity. Our goal is to celebrate the diversity of our world through the creation of art, and to also reflect these values within our organization. WaterTower Theatre strives for our stages, board, staff, and audience to mirror the wonderfully diverse community in which we live.

Over the past nine months, we have gotten to work and developed a better understanding of where we need to implement change within the workings of WTT. We are proud to report that the work is being done and the proper steps are being taken to learn and grow. We are taking part in enlightening conversations with members of our community, anti-racism learning sessions, and have accepted a call to action which is the first step towards meaningful change for WTT to build a trusting relationship with those who support us. Finally, we believe it is vital for us all to hold one another up with love, kindness, and understanding during these turbulent times. It is our hope that our children, our children’s children, and all generations that come after will see one another as equals regardless of race, ability, identity, or religious affiliation.

WTT Progress:

Board Diversification- The October 2020 class of WTT Board Members are all female & also our most diverse class ever.

EDI Assessments of all productions- A diversity assessment of all productions where casting & hiring was completed under Producing Artistic Director, Shane Peterman’s leadership, showed that WTT is proudly ahead of the national average for BIPOC representation on stage, as well as among creative and production teams. WaterTower is committed to continue raising this bar:

• Percent of BIPOC Actors: 43%

• Percent of BIPOC Musicians: 20%

• Percent of BIPOC Creative/Production Team Members: 36%

Anti-racism training- WTT implemented anti-racism training for all full-time employees & board members in June of 2020.

Paid Internships- WaterTower Theatre recognizes that unpaid internships are a gatekeeping mechanism in our industry. That is why all our Summer 2021 internships are paid at $10 per hour.

Fair Hourly Wages- WaterTower Theatre recognizes that hourly positions deserve a fair wage. This is an Equity issue, which is why all hourly positions now start at $12 an hour.