Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility
We Are Better Together
Devastated by the continual inequality, and systemic racism our brothers and sisters of color face each and every day, the Fulton Theatre calls for an overdue change by promoting the power of Community, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility, because Black Lives Matter. We have listened over the past weeks, and we know we can do better and hold ourselves accountable by examining how we can support the undoing of the oppression that has historically existed in the theatre industry. We, as artists, are agents of change. We acknowledge at times, we could have done better, and know we will fall short in the future, but we make a commitment to never waiver on this course of equity.
The Fulton Theatre continues to be committed to being a change through the stories we tell on our stage by creating conversations in our community, promoting diversity through our staffing, programming and making a promise to amplify the voices of people of color in our community and beyond.
- The Fulton is committed to diversifying our artists, staff, volunteers, board, and stakeholders, through deliberate dialog, community involvement and listening
- A formalized training of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility for all organization members from external experts
- Promote the creation of new works and encourage diverse stories
To make a change, we encourage our community stakeholders to educate themselves and donate through these resources:
We need to work together to uphold these commitments and make change. We are better together.
Stories of Diversity Playwriting Festival Sponsor Stories of Diversity Playwriting Festival Education Sponsor
Stories of Diversity Playwriting Festival
Open to playwrights throughout Lancaster County and beyond, the Stories of Diversity Playwriting Festival invites writers to submit new plays or musicals celebrating perspectives from the spectrum of diversity, including voices from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, and religious and economic diversity. Submission deadline has been EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 1, 2021. Upon review by members of the Fulton’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee – a truly diverse group of community volunteers, activists, and artists – four finalists will be chosen to have their work workshopped by the Fulton through public performances held the weekend of May 21 – 23, 2021. The winner of the inaugural Stories of Diversity Playwriting Festival will be selected by the audience and a panel of judges at the Festival’s close on Sunday, May 23rd, with their work to then be professionally produced by the Fulton as part of our Groff Studio Series.
- A Play or Musical
- The story must be 6 characters or less
- Must be original
- Must deal with the subject of diversity, equity and inclusion
- The play or musical is a living, breathing piece of art, and this is a first step in development
We encourage creators to embrace feedback and suggested changes
- Play or Musical must be 60 minutes or longer
- 2 Members of each of the four selected creative teams will be invited to attend the festival, which will include travel and accommodations. Other members of the team are invited at their own expense.
- The winning play or musical of the festival, will receive a $500 cash prize.
Fulton Theatre Seeks Members of
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Committee
The Fulton Theatre of Lancaster is looking for interested community members to join the newly formed committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Applications are due by the end of the day on Friday, November 13, 2020.
The Fulton Theatre Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is committed to supporting the undoing of systemic racism that has historically existed in the theatre and arts by amplifying and celebrating the voices and perspectives of BIPOC in our arts community and beyond. The committee aims to build relationships and foster inclusiveness by diversifying our programming, artists, staff, volunteers, and community stakeholders.
This committee is in collaboration with the Fulton’s Board of Directors. Fulton Staff Representatives will be from the Marketing, Community Engagement, and Human Resource Departments. We will be looking to select 10 candidates from various backgrounds to become founding members.
Applicants for the committee should commit to attend quarterly meetings, beginning in December, and council as needed. The meetings will occur in the evenings.
Interested candidates, please fill out the application and attach a letter of intent. Applications will be reviewed and selected candidates will be notified by Friday, November 20, 2020.