Constellation’s core artistic value, “Treat all participants with dignity, kindness and respect,” lives at the center of our company culture.
We strive to practice a commitment to radical collaboration and encourage every person in our company of artists, audience, board of directors, and staff to express their ideas and concerns, knowing that they will be heard and recognized. We believe that the communal experience of live theatre promotes compassion, understanding, healing and connection – and that we need it now more than ever.
Constellation pledges to work toward the following Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) goals:
Cultivate an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible company culture.
Provide a safe, kind, and respectful process within which to create exceptional art.
Showcase diverse stories that reflect the vast range of human experience.
Establish required training sessions for board, staff, and artists on topics and practices including bystander intervention, de-escalation, implicit bias, anti-oppression, and conflict resolution.
Create anti-racist and anti-oppressive policies and statements, including a non-retaliation assurance. Implement procedures for enforcing them.
Serve the entire community with our art and strive to maximize access.
Implement a transparent hiring and compensation process.
As a predominantly white institution (PWI), Constellation is undergoing rigorous self-assessment to identify anti-racist and anti-oppression best practices. We recognize that we are only at the beginning of our journey toward becoming a fully inclusive, anti-racist multicultural organization. We condemn white supremacy in all its forms, and we pledge to continually address racism and oppression within our own institution and our community.
On select nights, we actively welcome an all-Black-identifying audience to come watch and enjoy our shows. BLACKOUT Night is a special evening of amazing theatre that includes a special guest speaker led talk-back, post-show giveaways, a free raffle, and a social hour with your first drink on us! (21+ ONLY.) To learn more about BLACKOUT Night, please visit blackoutnite.com.
To our family, friends, colleagues, and audience members in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community – Constellation stands in solidarity with you. #StopAsianHate
Racism against Asian people in this country is anything but new. In the last year alone, anti-Asian hate crimes have increased by nearly 150%. We condemn white supremacy in all its forms, and we pledge to do our part to combat racism and oppression within our institution and in our society.
Constellation Theatre Company believes, unequivocally, that Black Lives Matter. We demand justice in the wake of the killings and abuse of Black people across our country. We recognize the pervasiveness of racism in every facet of our society. We vow to listen, learn, and make changes to our organization to better realize our belief that every person deserves dignity, kindness and respect.
Here are ways to learn and get involved today:
Black Lives Matter DC – Get updates about actions, trainings, and events in the DC area.
Campaign Zero – Join a working group to advocate for legislation to end police brutality.
LISTEN & LEARN
1619 – Subscribe to this New York Times podcast about the long shadow of American slavery in our society.
31 children's books to support conversations on race, racism, and resistance – Empower the young people in your life to participate in the ongoing movement for racial justice.