Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
“Every successful social movement in this country’s history has used disruption as a strategy to fight for social change” -Alicia Garza
OC Theatre Guild is devastated by the trauma that so many are experiencing over the atrocious and unnecessary deaths of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and an unbearably long and growing list of Black people. We stand with those who are seeking justice and change for this country through protest. We vow to look closer to ourselves. We vow to speak up more often. We vow to listen more deeply.
OC Theatre Guild was deeply saddened by the atrocious murders in Atlanta. Eight lives lost, seven women, six of whom were women of Asian descent. This incident is only one of a series of ever-increasing disturbing and violent acts targeting members of our Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and Orange County is not immune.
The OC Theatre Guild stands in solidarity with and supports members of our AAPI community, as we take this moment to recognize the continued importance of working together to end ongoing racist and hatefilled acts which have no place in our community.
The Orange County Theatre Guild’s EDI mission is to ensure that our theatre spaces are built on the ideals of Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Safety.
The OCTG will provide resources to help invite, acknowledge and provide a platform for marginalized and underrepresented voices, especially those from the BIPOC community. Theatre should be a safe environment that promotes empathy and connection. The Guild seeks to empower the artists and patrons in our community to make positive change in this world by speaking up to foster and nurture a more equitable, diverse and inclusive Orange County theatre community.
These are the goals the OC Theatre Guild is committed to realizing:
Provide neutral third-party EDI resources between theatres and actors/directors/designers.
Provide resources to help invite, acknowledge and provide a platform for marginalized and underrepresented voices, especially those from the BIPOC community.
Advocate for a culture of safety, diversity, inclusion and equity within all aspects of the organization.
Promote creative team hiring decisions that reflect the wide range of diverse artists in our community.
The official #BlackLivesMatter Global Network builds power to bring justice, healing, and freedom to Black people across the globe.
An evolving list of BIPOC theatre artists for Greater Los Angeles created and maintained by Alternative Theatre Los Angeles.
Founded February 12, 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s foremost, largest, and most widely recognized civil rights organization.
Our communities stand united against racism. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can stop it.