Brown Box is taking steps toward implementing equitable season planning, curation, and programming by hiring a literary manager who is specifically seeking plays concerning BIPOC stories and by BIPOC artists.
- Brown Box will continue to function without a “mainstage/second stage” model.
- Brown Box produces up to three shows a season, one of those being our annual free summer Shakespeare. Our largest production each year is our Summer Shakespeare Production. Due to his name recognition and prevalence in English education, Shakespeare and his plays are a gateway into communities with little or no professional live theatre within the area. This flagship production each season affords our organization the opportunity to establish relationships with new communities and the financial stability to later produce non-classical texts and share the diverse array of styles, voices, and stories our medium has to offer.
- While the length of tours of our non-Shakespeare tours are shorter, we are committed to having equitable payment standards and budgeting for our other productions. It is critical to note that many of our indoor venues have smaller footprints than our outdoor venues and increased budgets are necessary to fulfill the audio and visual demands of an outdoor space. Brown Box is committed to quality standards across all our programming and will commit the funds necessary to maintain those standards relative to the physical limitations of our venues.
- All Brown Box staff are included in season curation as a Literary Committee. Brown Box’s new model has the literary manager present the committee with a list of plays for consideration. Each member is required to read all plays, fill out an anonymous form regarding the play, determining if the play fulfills Brown Box’s standards (EDI, tourability, and artistic merit). The plays are then discussed in length. This Literary Committee, under the leadership of the Artistic Director and Literary Manager, will recommend a season for production.
- To make sure any biases are not demonstrated in our play selection, we are taking the following actions:
- Each season will include at least one play by a BIPOC author.
- When considering selections for the season, plays by BIPOC authors will outnumber those by white authors two to one.
- Choosing plays based on whether they speak to the readers own experience inherently means that the same story will be told time and time again and thus perpetuates the culture in which white American theater is allowed to survive. In an attempt to subvert our own internal biases, personal connection or identification with a play will no longer be criteria by which a play is judged.
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