Equity Diversity Inclusion

Actions Speak Louder Than Words


Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Updates and Amendments

The Alley Theatre is committed to being an equitable, diverse, inclusive, anti-racist theatre.  This process is iterative, on-going, and is never finished.  It is important to us that you know the steps we are taking in the journey to being the Theatre we want to be.  We will be using this space to update and add to the commitments we made in our Actions Speak Louder Than Words letter we published on June 18, 2020.  This is a living document and we will be adding to it periodically to update you on our progress in an effort to be transparent with this work.  We have been listening and learning from the We See You WAT list of demands, our affinity group of Alley staff of color, and our work with anti-racism consultants Tiffany Rachelle Stewart, Tyler Rivenbark, Alison Park, The Center for the Healing of Racism in Houston, as well as our own EDI strategic planning led by Alley Director of Human Resources, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Sajal Javid.  This document is about how we are working to make an Alley Theatre where all are welcome, cared for, and included. 
 

Update - Education and Community Engagement Outreach Demographics
Cumulatively since the Fall of 2018, the Education and Community Engagement department has served 375 unique Houston area public schools through flagship programs such as Staging STEM and Alley in Residence, and now 2020-21 1's virtual projects like A Christmas Carol, Oskar and the Shockingly Bad Internet Connection, and El Zócalo’s "Primer Borrador" Residencies.

Many schools participate in multiple programs with many touchpoints. Of these 375 public schools in the Houston area, 325 are majority non-white (86.7%), including 193 (51.5%) majority Hispanic, 18 (4.8%) majority Black, and 108 (28.8%) no-majority. 256 (68.3%) are economically disadvantaged, meaning they have over 50% of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
April 20, 2021

Update - STOP AAPI HATE
We, at the Alley Theatre, stand in solidarity with the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities.  We believe that diversity is our strength and strive to uplift and celebrate all the people and cultures that make Houston a rich and vibrant city.  Everyone deserves respect.  Everyone deserves to be safe. Everyone’s story deserves to be told.  Please join us in doing all you can to STOP ASIAN HATE. #StopAsianHate #aapi 

Update - Black History Month
​Every day during Black History Month from February 1 to March 1, 2021, the Alley Theatre's online programming shines a light on one Black artist from Houston or around the country. Our list of artists is by no means exhaustive or complete as the number of Black artists to celebrate is large and ever-expanding.

Update – Hispanic Heritage Month and El Zócalo
Led by Alley Theatre’s Manager of Community Partnership through the Alley’s El Zócalo program, the Alley offers a robust offering of online programming to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, 2020.  Please click here for our full roster of events.

Update – Education and Community Outreach and Artistic building more collaboration
Our two Departments are now meeting regularly and are working more collaboratively. In addition, our Manager of Community Partnerships Baldemar Rodriguez has joined our Artistic Programming meetings and has brought the perspective of Community Partnerships into our season planning.

Action – HR Director Sajal Javid’s increased commitment to EDI
HR Director Sajal Javid holds the designation of a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), has been selected to be a member of the LORT EDI committee, and has been selected by Art Equity to join their BIPOC Leadership Circle in partnership with Yale School of Drama. Sajal Javid’s title has been changed to Director of Human Resources, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion to reflect her increasing focus on EDI.
September 15, 2020

Action – Meeting of Alley Employees of Color Affinity Group and Creation of Document of Challenges
This meeting was the first important step in identifying what changes need to be made at the Alley to ensure that all employees are able to bring their full self to the Alley and do their best work.
August 13, 2020 

Update – Alley Board has scheduled an EDI workshop with Blink Consulting, Alison Park  

Action – Alley Board President Ken Kades is doing ongoing EDI training with Art Equity

Action – All Staff anti-racism workshop with Blink Consulting, Alison Park
July 27, 2020 & August 28, 2020

Action – Leadership anti-racism workshop with Blink Consulting, Alison Park – Anti-racism by Design
July 24, 2020

Action – All Staff anti-racism workshop with The Listening, Tiffany Rachelle Stewart and Tyler Rivenbark
July 23, 2020

Action – Leadership attends Racism in the Arts Workshop with Harrison Guy at The Center for the Healing of Racism
July 9, 2020

New Commitment – Resident Acting Company (RAC) Members now full-time employees of the Alley
Our current RAC members are now full-time, and the members we are planning to add to the Company after COVID-19 will be full-time employees of the Alley, rather than on-contract when they are rehearsing and performing and off-contract when they are not.  This is a 52-week of the year commitment to our actors, which we believe is essential for actors who are making a life in theatre, having the stability and peace of mind to be creative, and being a permanent part of our community in Houston. 
September 25, 2020

New Commitment – New tech schedule eliminating 10 out of 12 rehearsals
We have revised our technical rehearsal schedule to eliminate the practice of rehearsing 12-hour days during tech.  We recognize that 12-hour days cause exhaustion and reduce creativity.  This change allows our artists and staff to have a better quality of life.
September 25, 2020

New Commitment – New five-day rehearsal schedule
We have revised our pre-tech rehearsal schedule to be Tuesday through Saturday, giving our artists and staff a two-day weekend. 
September 25, 2020 

New Commitment – New span of rehearsal day
We have also revised our pre-tech rehearsal schedule to limit the span of the rehearsal day from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., allowing our artists and staff the ability to make evening plans and have dinners with loved ones.
September 25, 2020

These changes in the rehearsal schedule will be the Alley’s regular practice with the understanding that rare exceptions will be made when a project needs greater flexibility.
September 25, 2020

A STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY