Brown Box commits to upholding a humane and nurturing work environment specifically attuned to BIPOC artists’ needs.
- FOR DESIGNERS/SMs/TECHNICIANS: The director and any accepted offers made for the production team will be fully disclosed when offers are made for production positions to ensure a full awareness of who will be in the room to allow BIPOC artists the agency to choose their collaborators based on past experience and community reputation.
- FOR ACTORS: Directors, Stage Managers, designers, choreographers, fight and intimacy directors, and their associates will be fully disclosed when offers are made to ensure a full awareness of who will be in the room to allow BIPOC artists the agency to choose their collaborators based on past experience and community reputation.
- Brown Box provides all designers with an extensive inventory list. We will also provide a virtual walk-through of inventory upon request. Because our inventories are housed in a variety of locations (Massachusetts and Maryland), an in-person walk through is not possible. Due to the touring nature of Brown Box, we are unable to provide walk throughs of spatial configurations, as all venues are different. To assist with this, we guarantee designers the same amount of space so their design can be consistent and executed at every venue.
- Brown Box will continue to operate with a five day, 20 hour rehearsal week, with rehearsals taking place from 6-10pm. Tech week calls are earlier due to set up and break down of the set/lighting. We provide weekly schedules at least two weeks in advance to allow artists to coordinate their work and other commitments accordingly. Artists are only called for rehearsal when their scenes are scheduled, and we strive to ensure at least one weeknight off per artist.
- Our model requires that all personnel are a part of set-up and break down of all technical elements. We are committed to teaching technical skills within the rehearsal process to limit the need for multiple 10 out of 12 rehearsals. At this time, Brown Box processes are limited to one 10 out of 12 rehearsal per production so that set-up, breakdown, and light programming can occur. We commit to a tech week that upholds the following:
- a day off between final rehearsal and the first day of tech
- only one 10 out of 12 rehearsal
- a day off after every 18 hours of technical rehearsal
- a maximum of 6 hour tech days, excluding the 10/12 rehearsal
- Brown Box is committed to scheduling the appropriate amount of time to adequately develop a piece and often develops projects that may take longer than what is typical for an equity rehearsal process.
- Based on our hours of rehearsal, the demands for flexibility on our artists as a touring production, as well as our desire to curate fully realized productions that can tour, we have established calendars that can be flexible to allow for the time deemed necessary by producers and the director to develop a piece.
- By not setting demands on the number of shows per season, we allow for seasonal, project based adjustments to the calendar. This allows us to circumvents the need for a professional “shorthand” which allows us to work with new people and creates a culture that allows room for BIPOC collaborators to voice concerns.
- Brown Box has open auditions for every production and consistently hires new artists. In order to hold ourselves accountable through data, Brown Box has compiled statistics of new and returning hires for our last 5 seasons. This data can be found HERE. This data will be updated annually to quantitatively demonstrate our progress.
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