Theatre in the Round Players September 2021
Community Commitment Statement
We are aware of the overdue need for equity for many of our communities, and we are also aware of TRP’s responsibility to challenge inequity in all its forms. As an integral part of the Twin Cities theatre ecosystem, we are committed to our role in advancing inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability (IDEA).
We have started and will continue to add to the list of actions below:
- IDEA focus in our updated values statement
- Intentional consideration of IDEA in future season programming
- The formation of a community-led Artist Council
- Creation of a dedicated IDEA committee to ensure a sustained board and staff priority
- Ongoing commitment to seeking diverse candidates as part of TRP’s board, donors, staff and volunteers
- Policies and procedures reviewed with an IDEA lens (including code of conduct, sexual harassment statement, etc.)
- Investment in an internal IDEA audit to identify gaps and barriers to inclusion, as well as a community survey to artists, volunteers and patrons for additional input
We invite you to join our efforts while also holding us accountable for creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all theatre-lovers in our community.
From the Theatre in the Round Board of Directors – January/February 2021
We miss live theatre and we miss you! We are aching to celebrate the magic of theatre together, in-person, with other volunteers, artists, staff and patrons in 2021. With the help of Zoom, our Board of Directors and our committees have continued to meet and work on big ideas for Theatre in the Round. We never imagined our stage would be dark for so long, but we are grateful for the opportunity this pause has given us to connect, learn and grow in other ways.
Here is an update on work that is underway:
- Our long-term Executive Director, Steve Antenucci, retired in October after 41 years of dedicated service to TRP. We are so incredibly grateful for his tenured service and honor his immense impact on TRP and the Twin Cities theatre community. Plans for Steve’s retirement and the next “act” of TRP leadership have been in the works for the past several years. The search committee is now developing a process for hiring a new Managing Director.
- Even though our stage is dark, we are still a community filled with passionate artists, and we are excited about finding opportunities to showcase their talents. Our Engagement Committee has been hard at work and we hope you will check out our variety presentation, Theatre in the Round Celebrates the Life and Work of Agatha Christie on YouTube. You can also visit our outdoor art gallery, currently displayed on our front doors, featuring work from different TRP artists each month.
- In September, we announced the formation of a Code of Conduct committee, made up of TRP community members including actors, Board members, designers, directors, house managers, stage managers, and other volunteers. The committee presented the Code of Conduct to the Board of Directors in October with the recommendation that the committee would continue the work of developing policies and procedures to support the code of conduct. The Board approved the code and the continuation of the work by the committee. We thank the Code of Conduct committee for undertaking this task and are committed to building and maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for our artists, staff and patrons.
- Our Strategic Planning committee is finalizing our values statement. Once the Board approves, we’ll be posting those alongside our mission statement here on the website. This committee is also developing a multiyear equity, diversity and inclusion strategy for Theatre in the Round.
- The Board is developing protocols for a new Artist Council. Composed of a diverse group of theater artists from all disciplines, the TRP Artist Council will partner with the TRP Board of Directors and other committees to share ideas and provide feedback in all areas of theater programming and administration. Applications to join the TRP Artist Council will be available shortly with the first meeting to be held in the first quarter of 2021.
- In December, we welcomed three new members to the Board of Directors: Aidan Jhane Gallivan, who is a longtime member of the TRP community, and actor, director and producer; Samuel Joseph, who has served in many TRP committees and as an actor, stage manager and crew member; and Shona Ramchandani, founder and principal at Chrysalis Consulting Collaborative, a justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) firm based in the Twin Cities. We are excited to have these fresh faces and new perspectives on the Board!
We’ll continue to update this page with notes from the Board of Directors and our committees.
In planning your evening at Theatre in the Round, you should be aware of the following:
If you arrive late: please make sure you’re familiar with our Late Seating policies.
We post notices when aspects of our productions may affect audience members. These notices are posted on this web site (on each show’s “More About the Show” page), on signs at our box-office, and they are announced on our box-office phone line concerning:
- special effects (such as strobe lighting, fog, gunshots, etc.)
- explicit language and/or action; nudity
- smoking onstage
Because of the nature of our shows, and in consideration of other audience members, children under 6 years old are not admitted.
Anti-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy: The theatre has established a policy to protect volunteers from unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. All volunteers will be asked to review and acknowledge this Policy.
Code of Conduct Policy: The theatre has established a policy. You can access this Policy here.
Minors: Please read TRP’s minor policies (both minors in the company as well as those accompanying adults in the company).