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DOCUMENT OF PRINCIPLE

We, Actorsí Equity Association, the Casting Society of America, the Dramatists Guild, the League of American Theatres and Producers, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, endorse the goals of diversity, inclusion, and the principles of equal opportunity for all who work in the theatre industry; and condemn racism, prejudice, discrimination and exclusion in the theatre. To these ends, we encourage employment and production opportunities in all theatrical disciplines and areas of theatrical production to include persons of every race, color, culture, age, gender, physical disability and sexual orientation, thereby achieving a theatre industry, both on and off stage, that reflects the full diversity of American society. While we recognize that there can be no interference with the artistic integrity or contractual rights of the author, director, or choreographer, we urge all members of the theatre community to challenge traditional stereotypes. We acknowledge that the growth and vitality of our industry is dependent upon the inclusion of diverse voices and impulses in writing, hiring, casting, directing and producing. This statement signifies our coming together around the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. In so doing, we acknowledge our commitment to see that these principles are furthered for the betterment of the professional theatre. Formally adopted Fall, 1995, by the respective boards and councils of the five participating unions, guilds, and trade associations.





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