Austin Playhouse Solidarity Statement
On Monday, June 1st we published a statement communicating our commitment to being an anti-racist institution, analyzing and acknowledging our faults, and creating new programming centering the Black artists of our community. #blacklivesmatter #blackartmatters
Protests against racism and systemic injustice are underway in cities across the country. These protests have been joined by citizens in countries around the world.
Austin Playhouse stands with our Black colleagues, artists, and audience. We offer unequivocal support to members of our Black community and all those engaged in condemning racism and seeking justice.
We welcome the work to fully understand and dismantle systemic racism within our industry. Austin Playhouse's mission is to bring Austin artists and audiences together to celebrate the human experience. This mission is only possible when everyone is welcome - when the stories on our stage reflect the heart of our community. Right now we must amplify voices which have too long struggled to be heard.
We are committed to putting this policy into practice and are developing new programming that will center the voices, stories, and truths of Black artists. This will enrich the theatrical experience for all patrons of Austin Playhouse.
Thank you for your support. We are stronger together.
Lara Toner Haddock
Co-Producing Artistic Director, Austin Playhouse