Diversity & Inclusion Statement

As a live, interactive, embodied art form, theater has the potential to catalyze difficult conversations, to ask important questions about cultural representation, and to provide a site for interrogating power dynamics and centering marginalized voices.

With this knowledge in mind, the Theater Arts Department has begun to explore new ways that we can engage with our diverse campus community in regards to the representation of culture, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, religion, disability, and age on and off stage.

We hope both to create more opportunities for historically underrepresented students on our stages and to consider the ways the department can move beyond the bounds of the traditional theater space to support and promote the wealth of performance already taking place around campus. In addition, we are establishing new relationships with various organizations in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, and catalyzing performance projects and theatre initiatives across campus to better connect with and represent our entire college community.