New York Theatre Workshop’s Core Values Statement serves as a guide for both our institutional practices and interpersonal relationships. If our Mission Statement articulates why we exist, this Core Values Statement articulates how we exist.
In enumerating these values to guide our present and future practices, we acknowledge that we have not always lived up to these values in the past. We hold ourselves accountable and commit to doing better.
This is a living statement to be consistently reviewed in the ongoing evaluation of our practices.
INSPIRE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING
Develop and produce the work of visionary theatre artists who:
Create anti-racist spaces that actively combat bigotry and violence, even when the art intentionally discomforts and interrogates these themes.
Question our histories and practices and disrupt patterns that reinforce institutionalized racism, anti-Blackness, colorism, anti-Indigeneity, xenophobia, sexism, heterosexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, ageism, body shaming, and other forms of hatred, oppression, and inequity.
WELCOME LEARNING AND GROWTH
Recognize conflict as an opportunity for growth.
Address issues directly and with compassion.
Harness the power of theatre to deepen human connections.
Embrace historically marginalized communities in our work, on our staff and amongst our supporters.
Commit to make our work accessible to many communities.
LIVE OUR VALUES
Practice environmental sustainability.
Take offensive or inappropriate behavior seriously and respond in accordance with these values.
Find joy in the creative act of theatre making!
To live these Core Values requires concrete action toward ensuring NYTW is an anti-racist organization. Since our inception, we’ve valued pushing the theatrical form forward by championing artists with diverse voices, aesthetics and modes of making. To ensure that our practice matched our artistic commitment, three years ago we began to assess institutional culture and its impact on employees, artists and audiences.
With the support of consultants and outside facilitators, NYTW commissioned an initial assessment identifying areas of friction across the institution and outlining active next steps toward improving workplace culture. The Core Team was established as a non-hierarchical group of staff volunteers who help guide EDI work from within the organization. A Core Team sub-committee was also formed with NYTW Trustees to ensure sustained leadership support and engagement.
To date, training and facilitation has been led by artEquity (Beyond Diversity: Practicing Equity and Inclusion), The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (Undoing Racism), A.R.T./New York & The Raben Group (Diversifying Our Organization, NYTW Board Anti-Racism Education), Equity Paradigm (White Supremacy Culture), The Center for Anti-Violence Education (The Upstander Project: Upstander/Bystander training), and Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective (Institutional Land Acknowledgments).
In our commitment toward being a fully anti-racist organization, we’re publishing our Core Values alongside this active list of action steps to interrogate and practices, disrupt patterns that reinforce institutionalized oppressions and inequities, acknowledge our missteps, and hold our organization to a standard that does not accept that this work is ever done. We stand in solidarity with the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) members of our community, and recognize that we have not always lived up to these values and must contend with the harm that those shortcomings have caused.
If you have thoughts about how we’re doing or would like to begin a dialogue, we invite you to reach out to us by email at LetsChat@nytw.org.