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Acting Classes and Coaching
ANTI-RACISM + ACCOUNTABILITY
CULTIVATING BRAVE SPACES THROUGH INCLUSION & BELONGING AT BOOK FROM TAPE
Here at Book From Tape, we want all of our staff, actors, and community members to feel valued, appreciated, and honored as their whole, authentic selves. We understand that for actors and coaches to perform truly brave and innovative work, it is essential that they are embraced, accepted, and advocated for regardless of their gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodivergence, disability, citizenship, or any other aspect which makes them unique. We commit to a conscious decision to make frequent, consistent, equitable choices daily. These choices require ongoing self-awareness and self-reflection as we move through life. We commit to combating discriminatory treatments, unfair policies, and biased practices based on race that result in inequitable outcomes for whites over Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and extend considerably beyond prejudice.
WHERE WE ARE IN THE PROCESS
1. We are committed to doing the work of engaging in deep listening with our greater community by staying up to date, and in attendance of community initiatives, and public forums held by Central Florida Entertainment Advocacy and its members.
2 We aim to continue an on-going conversation facilitated by Central Florida Entertainment Advocacy & members of historically marginalized communities to learn about their concerns and how we can better serve them as both an organization and as individual artists. This includes opening opportunities for anonymous surveys and reflections by our actors to offer their honest feedback.
3. We have written this accountability action plan, and hired a cultural consultant, (________________) who has reviewed our plan and offer any questions, amendments, and honestly named any points of concern. We are committed to continue revising our Action Plan to reflect their insights before sharing this plan with the public. And we commit to reassessing this statement at least once every 2 years.
3. We promise to publicly share our accountability plan on our website and on social media so that these promises are made available to the community and we can be held accountable. This current Anti-Racism & Accountability Action Plan has been launched as of Fall 2023.
OUR PRACTICES ON DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
IN REGARDS TO THE CHICAGO THEATRE STANDARDS
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION GOALS
Book From Tape’s Diversity & Inclusion efforts have 4 main goals:
ATTRACTING & ONBOARDING – to create a workforce broadly reflective of the larger community, that cultivates artists of diverse backgrounds.
ENGAGING & DEVELOPING – to support employees in building the skills and capacity to work in an inclusive manner with one another and with the communities we serve through professional development and on-going training.
BUILDING THE CULTURE – to build a welcoming workplace in which employees recognize that their unique characteristics, skills, and experiences are respected, valued, and celebrated.
ADVOCACY - to support historically marginalized groups through outreach and financial support.
We make the following commitments to all participants who work with us:
When invited to teach, coach, or collaborate, prospective participants have the right to make inquiries about how their cultural personhood will be used within The Studio. Inquiries will receive a thoughtful response and will remain confidential.
Sometimes a potential participant discovers in the course of applying that they are uncomfortable with elements as they relate to their personhood. Potential participants have the right to decline offers without fear of reprisal such as losing future opportunities. It is not the participant’s responsibility to explain why they chose to decline an offer.
Whenever possible, diversity and inclusion should be considered both in hiring staff and in outreach in course offerings. In particular, we aim to hire coaches, instructors, and assign scripts that can speak to that cultural experience.
During a class, coaching session or audition taping, participants should voice concern if they feel uncomfortable with the use of their cultural personhood, which may include:
Staging & Scripted text (culturally based violence or abuse, for example), which was not disclosed or consented to at the time of enrollment.
Accents or dialects or that underscore a cultural representation not disclosed at the time of auditions/casting;
Make-up that can reasonably be described as “black face,” “brown face,” or similar portrayal.
Implied or explicitly stereotyped tropes or experiences of racial trauma
When coaching scenes of cultural violence, or other culturally charged narratives and language, we will follow the same practice of consent building outlined in the Sensitive Content standard in The Chicago Theatre Standards document. Disclosure of this type of content will be made before scene assignments are given, and the emotional risk associated will be recognized throughout the process.
Actors will always maintain the right to decline a scene assignment based off of any conflict that occurs with regards to their race or identity & will receive an alternate option without penalty.
We seek to address concerns with generosity and humility through the channels of the Concern Resolution Path as outlined in this document.
EXPLORE IT FURTHER
Lead Staff should seek opportunities to intern, mentor, include, and professionally engage participants of color at all levels of their organization.
We stand in full opposition to the systematic marginalization of people of color, specifically Black artists.
We understand that as a part of the acting industry, we operate as a cog in that system. We commit to actively participating in the dismantling of institutionalized racism through disrupting our own biases, forging diverse pipelines, and utilizing a diverse slate approach to our hiring practices.
We are committed to support communities without access to generational wealth both artistically and financially.
We commit to supporting, advocating, and amplifying Black Voices.
We stand for cultivating inclusivity.
We embrace cultural differences as essential perspectives to be valued.
We believe that our work as storytellers demands we hold a safe space for all.
We understand that we are called to call out racism and inequality wherever we find it.
We hold space for the Black Community and other marginalized communities of Color.
And we open ourselves to deep listening that is long overdue.
We stand with compassion, and hope and a willingness to face some uncomfortable truths about our privilege.
We understand that allyship is a verb, and something that must be committed to daily.
PLEASE NOTE: This document was developed with deep gratitude by the support and expertise of the Joy Jackson Initiative. and The Central Florida Entertainment Advocacy. While we are eager to kick off this essential work, we recognize that this is a living document that will continue to grow, adapt, change, and shift as our industry does. We also acknowledge, that while we might not always get it right, we can only do better when we know better. As such, we are committed to our on-going education, and want to send deepest thanks to individuals and organizations to bravely continue to educate us, remind, correct and encourage us to do better.
If you have any questions about these policies and practices, please do note hesitate to reach out to Director of Education Clare Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org