April 2, 2021
For more than a century, Cleveland Play House (CPH) has proudly served our community and addressed important social issues through our artistic and educational programming. However, the events of the past year — most notably the social justice movement brought to the forefront by Black Lives Matter — have prompted our staff and board to take a closer look at our systems, policies, and procedures as they pertain to anti-racism and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Upon deep self reflection, we see that there is more work to be done in order to fully bring our practices in line with our principles and become the anti-racist organization, in both word and action, we strive to be.
We are grateful to the We See You White American Theater collective for bringing public awareness to inequities and racism throughout the theatre industry. We are also particularly thankful to the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) members of our CPH staff who have thoughtfully and personally detailed concerns about ways in which unconscious bias has prevented CPH from fully including all members of our community. Our BIPOC staff has suggested ways to combat systemic racism and more fully integrate EDI and anti-racism. With this new awareness, all of us at CPH know that changes must be made. We embrace this opportunity and are committed to taking immediate and ongoing action to improve.
We have made steady progress since issuing our Solidarity and Acknowledgement statements in May/June. Both staff and board have devoted countless hours to studying our internal practices and procedures, providing anti-racism training, and developing action plans to better reflect and serve our CPH family and the community. The results of this ongoing work will inform and guide all of our decisions moving forward.
While the following action items are not an exhaustive list of all the anti-racist practices and policies we are examining, we want to share current action steps. We know there is more work to be done.
Ongoing action items to be handled by board and/or staff, as appropriate, for the 2020/21 Season:
Thank you for holding us accountable.
Cleveland Play House
The Allen, Helen and Outcalt theatres are located at Playhouse Square
1407 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115
Administrative Offices and Education Center
1901 E. 13th Street, Suite 200 Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 400-7000
7401 Detour Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103