Florida Players and its Executive Board is committed to holding ourselves accountable in creating an inclusive space for BIPOC individuals to create. We believe that this means keeping ourselves informed and being completely transparent in our plans for actionable change. This document, curated by the 2020-2021 Executive Board outlines the goals, commitments and new policies that are designed to increase diversity and inclusion within our membership moving forward.
- It is required that all executive board members attend a diversity and inclusion training workshop. This workshop will be chosen by the Artistic Director and Director of Outreach at the start of each academic year. The general body will be made aware of their choice and encouraged to attend as well.
- It is required that directors, stage managers and producers complete this workshop before any work for their production commences.
- Stage Managers must read an antiracism statement at the start of the first rehearsal of a production.
- The Director of Outreach, Director of Special Events and Associate Artistic Director will facilitate Florida Player’s involvement or execution of two (2) social justice events or fundraisers minimum.
- Florida Players will host a minimum of one (1) Town Hall event each year where members of our general community and the greater community will be presented the opportunity to voice their concerns.
- Florida Players will remain transparent in all actions to promote diversity and inclusion and further antiracism efforts. It is the responsibility of the Director of Publicity to communicate this to the general body and greater community. The Webmaster must make any documents outlining these efforts accessible on the Florida Players website.
- In an effort to produce diverse programming, 50% of our productions (averaged over three years) are to be written by BIPOC playwrights.
- Selection Committees must consider and question diversity when selecting shows to be produced by Florida Players. The Executive Board reserves the right to cancel a production chosen by the selection committee if it is deemed to be harmful.
- Florida Players acknowledges that we work on the stolen lands of the Seminole and Timucua people. It is the responsibility of the Artistic Director to make this known at the start of every production.
- A dramaturg must be attached to each production. It is the responsibility of the dramaturg to thoroughly research the history and implications behind the production.
- Florida Players will continue to update and maintain our library of written works to include works written by BIPOC individuals.
- It is the responsibility of the Historian to archive any antiracism resources or research that the Executive Board collects.
- All designers will be provided resource materials on diversity.
- Costume designers must include cultural research and consideration in their designs. Cultural appropriation will not be tolerated.
- Lighting designers will be provided resources on lighting non-white actors.
- Hair designers and stylists may not require actors to chemically alter or pay to alter their hair in any way. This includes cut, color and style.
- Makeup designers will be provided resources on makeup for non-white skin.
- The Director of Outreach will maintain a relationship with other BIPOC organizations and associations affiliated with the University of Florida. This includes but is not limited to Multicultural & Diversity Affairs, Asian Pacific Islander Desi Affairs, Black Affairs, and Hispanic-Latinx Affairs.
This document is to be revisited and revised if necessary by the Florida Players Executive Board, along with the constitution, at the end of each academic year.