Sweeping diversity pledge for stage

“The Broadway that opens in September 2021 is not going to be the identical Broadway that closed in March 2020.”

So begins Black Theater United’s New Deal for Broadway that goals to diversify all facets of an trade that’s been sorely missing in fairness for underrepresented staff, starting from inventive groups to performers to stagehands, make-up artists, and others.

The 18-page doc, developed in session with the Heart for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at NYU Faculty of Regulation outlines dozens of commitments. Amongst them:


  • Diversity coaching (separate from any coaching on discrimination, sexual harassment, and bullying) for all sectors concerned in productions together with unions.
  • The Shubert Group, the Nederlander Group, and Jujamcyn Theatres will every have not less than considered one of their theaters named after a Black artist.
  • Hiring inventive expertise from traditionally excluded and underrepresented teams on each new inventive crew, no matter the subject material of the present.
  • For exhibits that increase racial sensitivities, a racial sensitivity coach might be appointed.
  • Interns will do actual hands-on work on productions and might be compensated at a minimum of the minimal wage and won’t displace union jobs.
  • Make enhancements essential to diversify union employees and board membership.
  • Administrators and authors will insist on a diversity rider in all new contracts with producers. No all-white inventive groups ever once more.
  • Diversify casting workplaces with the objective of reaching a essential mass of Black casting professionals.
  • Diversify all roles of composer, lyricist, and librettist from the developmental section by the lifetime of a manufacturing.
  • Overview casting notices earlier than they’re posted with the purpose of eradicating, to the perfect of our talents, any biased or stereotypical language.

The signatories embody Black Theater United founders similar to Billy Porter and Vanessa Williams in addition to organizations starting from the Actors’ Fairness Affiliation to Broadway.com to Disney Theatrical Group and different manufacturing and theater firms. Greater than 50 people signed the pledge, together with a number of A-list producers, choreographers, executives, and union leaders.

“Whereas the main target of this doc is on Black people,” the authors write, “We hope and count on that the commitments outlined on this doc will result in better EDIAB for all folks in theatre, and we assist efforts to realize fairness, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging (EDIAB) reforms in different areas.

You possibly can learn the total listing of commitments and see the signatories here.