Equity Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Equity Diversity & Inclusion Statement


At WaterTower Theatre, we believe that there is no place in this world for discrimination, prejudice, or racial injustice. We believe that Black Lives Matter, love is love, and that every person deserves to be treated with respect, equality, and equity. Our goal is to celebrate the diversity of our world through the creation of art, and to also reflect these values within our organization. WaterTower Theatre strives for our stages, board, staff, and audience to mirror the wonderful diverse community in which we live.

Over the past nine months, we have gotten to work and developed a better understanding of where we need to implement change within the workings of WTT. We are proud to report that the work is being done and the proper steps are being taken to learn and grow. We are taking part in enlightening conversations with members of our community, anti-racism learning sessions, and have accepted a call to action which is the first step towards meaningful change for WTT to build a trusting relationship with those who support us. Finally, we believe it is vital for us all to hold one another up with love, kindness, and understanding during these turbulent times. It is our hope that our children, our children’s children, and all generations that come after will see one another as equals regardless of race, ability, identity, or religious affiliation.


WTT Action Items:

  • Board Diversification- The newest class of board members who were added in October 2020 are our most diverse class yet
  • EDI Assessments of all productions- Since Shane Peterman’s tenure as Producing Artistic Director a diversity assessment of all productions showed that WTT leads well above the national average in BIPOC representation on stage and among creative teams & we are committed to continue raising that bar
  • Continuing Anti-racism training for all fulltime employees
  • The exploration through a strategic plan of a Diversity & Inclusion Committee to our organization
  • The commitment to seek out diverse candidates for any future positions