Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Statement

The Connecticut Repertory Theatre is committed to sustaining an environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We have adopted a number of strategies to support this commitment, and we continue to examine our policies and practices. We challenge our own assumptions about what progress means as we focus on practices and programming that maintain the type of community we want to be a part of.  We welcome continued accountability.

Below are some of the initial ways we are engaged in this work:

-Working consciously to create a season of plays that speaks to the diversity of narratives, cultures, ethnicities, and held identities.

-Engaging in intentional hiring practices for directors, Equity actors, and other guest artists, in order to expand the presence of LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists in our community.

-Opening each CRT rehearsal process with a conversation about what it means to be a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community.

-Adjusting our play consideration process to include more artists who are under-published and under-produced, often due to the ingrained racism in American theatre.

-Expanding accessibility to the Connecticut Repertory Theatre through ASL interpreted performances and, recently, our first Sensory Friendly performance.

 

CRT Land Acknowledgement Statement


We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the territory of the Mohegan and Nipmuc Peoples, who have stewarded this land throughout the generations.  We thank them for their strength and resilience in protecting this land, and aspire to uphold our responsibilities according to their example.

 

A Note From CRT Leadership


Dear UConn Drama and CRT communities,

The shooting deaths of eight people, including six women of Asian descent, in Atlanta on Tuesday, March 16th is a horrendous tragedy and just the latest incident in an ever-growing wave of mass violence in our country. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the loved ones of the victims and communities in Atlanta and across the United States that have been deeply affected by this senseless assault. According to data released in March by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans in the largest 16 U.S. cities spiked by nearly 150 percent in 2020, while overall hate crimes dropped by 7 percent.

The Department of Dramatic Arts and the Connecticut Repertory Theatre strongly and unequivocally condemns both anti-Asian discrimination and violence as well as discrimination and violence against all communities. During these unprecedented times we are renewing our dedication to addressing problems of systemic racism and resulting violence through our classroom pedagogy and our performances through CRT. As a department and theater producer we are not where we would like to be with regards to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, however, we are working hard to continually improve. As an organization we are deeply committed to improving educational policies, practices, and systems for the betterment of students and society, including reducing the spread of hate, injustice, and racism. We also call on our local, state, and national leaders to speak out to ensure that this discrimination is not further inflamed.

We are living in a time when there have been increasing occurrences of racism and violence against Asian, Pacific Islander, and Asian American students and colleagues at U.S. schools and higher education institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discrimination and racism in educational settings harm not only the academic experiences of those directly impacted but all community members. It must stop.

We must stand in solidarity as allies, colleagues, and friends with hope and courage to ensure a more inclusive academic community and just nation.

Thank you,

Ed Weingart, Tom Kosis, and Mike Beasley

If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out to any of the following resources:

UConn Resources:
Asian American Cultural Center
Office of Diversity and Inclusion 
Association for Asian American Faculty and Staff (AAAFS)
Pan Asian Council (PAC)
Dean of Students Office
Bias Incident Report

Mental Health:
UConn SHaW's Mental Health
SAMHSA’s National Helpline 
APISAA: Asian Mental Health Collective


National Resources:
Stop AAPI Hate
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Hate Is A Virus
Chinese for Affirmative Action