The word THEATRE comes from the ancient Greek and means “THE SEEING PLACE.” It is, as famed actress, director, and teacher Stella Adler once said, “the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.”
At NJRep we believe that theatre is a moral institution, and as such, has both a moral and ethical responsibility to grapple with the daunting and oftentimes difficult and painful issues and topics that are of crucial concern in our society. This is a responsibility we take seriously. We recognize that we operate within a societal environment of systemic and pervasive racism that has long pre-dated us, as well as favors us. We further recognize that many institutions that we operate alongside also benefit from the same framework, and that deeply woven into the fabric of American society have been policies that directly harm marginalized people, and have led to an unequal system where these communities are unfairly targeted.
We believe, like many of you, that while we inherited these current systems, it is our collective moral and ethical duty to affect change so that we leave a better and a more just world for future generations.
In order to create an equitable environment, it is not enough to just be “not-racist.” We must educate ourselves and embrace those active standards and practices of being “anti-racist” — to identify those policies that are racist or have inequitable outcomes and eradicate them.
Our organization commits to continuing our efforts to meet these goals and to do this by consistently reevaluating, by being active listeners, by lifting up diverse voices, and by changing policies that don’t serve this purpose. We are aware that we must embrace change. We further commit to providing a slate of new plays and new voices and to highlighting the importance of diversity in our work and our community, and continuing to focus on the great importance of creating a work environment for our staff that is equitable.
Our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is unwavering. And we recognize that it is not enough for us to just make blanket declarations. We recognize that to effect true change we must put in the work so that we can constantly reach for the higher goals that inspire and motivate us to be better citizens of the world as we move into the future.