We recognize the importance of being ambitious, joyful, and flexible, and acting with integrity and care.
Our core values set the ground rules for all that we do at Philadelphia Theatre Company and we must be mindful of these pledges when interacting with each other and our community. In our working lives, we often experience situations where the ‘right thing to do’ is not immediately apparent. Thus, our core values, supported by our code of ethics, and our policies for an inclusive, equitable and anti-racist workplace will guide us in our actions – how we act is who we are.
We recognize and acknowledge that the Suzanne Roberts Theatre stands on the Indigenous territory known as “Lenapehoking,” the traditional homelands of the Lenape, also called Lenni-Lenape or Delaware Indians. These are the people who, during the 1680s, negotiated with William Penn to facilitate the founding of the colony of Pennsylvania. The Lenape diaspora includes five federally recognized nations in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Ontario. Pennsylvania is one of only a few Eastern states that does not recognize any native tribes.
Here is a local organization you can support: We Are The Seeds
Learn more by visiting The Lenape Nation of PA Cultural Center in Easton, PA.
PTC Anti-Racism Statement
(posted June 4, 2021)
Philadelphia Theatre Company joins the theatre community in recognizing the oppressive systems and practices in our industry. We commit to achieving more equitable artistic and administrative representation and upholding a more rigorous expression of the company’s commitment to access and inclusion. The demands of We See You, White American Theater and the labor of the artists of color who composed those demands guide our efforts.
For over four decades, Philadelphia Theatre Company has been a female-led, predominantly white institution. Thanks to the social justice movement and We See You, we have embarked on a thorough assessment of our historical practices in the context of systemic racism, privilege and other forms of inequity.
In an effort to hold the Company accountable, a standing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee of staff and board, the chair of which serves on the Board’s Executive Committee, is now in place working to institute equitable operational changes that will impact hiring, board composition, theatre making practices, budgeting, marketing, and programming.We recognize these are simply the beginning steps toward sustaining a fully equitable and anti-racist organization.
We will share our progress and policies by posting to this page on our website.
PTC Code of Conduct
(established Feb 21, 2019)
We are committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment for everyone in and around Philadelphia Theatre Company. Your support of that commitment through your actions will help ensure our success.
Philadelphia Theatre Company has been an important part of the artistic and civic community in Philadelphia for nearly five decades. The institution has evolved through many changes in the theatrical landscape and has withstood other important shifts, including relocating to the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Broad Street, as well as cultural, financial and leadership changes.
Another such shift is currently underway and requires our attention.
We are increasingly aware that disrespectful behavior, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and systemic bullying are deeply embedded in our culture – including in the theatre world. As theatre practitioners, these behaviors are contrary to who we are and what we aspire to be.
Artistic freedom of expression is essential to the art form – our work can and should be challenging, experimental, exploratory, and bold. For these things to happen, though, the creative space must be safe. And because the spaces in which we work are broad – encompassing administration, auditions, rehearsals, technical work, late nights, parties, fundraising and marketing events, public-facing frontline work, and more – we must acknowledge, and not exploit, the blurred boundaries between work and social spaces.
Our new Code of Conduct accompanies Theatre Company’s existing Employee Manual to provide staff, board, visiting artists and guests with an articulated code of ethics, values, and practices that we will strive to uphold and incorporate into our culture. It is the work not only of leadership but, importantly, of the entire staff. Our statement is a consensus that incorporates the many belief systems, passions, and viewpoints that exist at Philadelphia Theatre Company.
For further information and/or a copy of our Code of Conduct, please reach out to leadership below:
A NOTE FROM LEADERSHIP
Philadelphia Theatre Company’s staff and board are reviewing, updating and revising our policies, protocols, and practices with a focus on safety and anti-racism, as well as exploring more deeply our mission and values.
As we re-open for the 21-22 season, we have implemented changes that include, but are not limited to: rehearsal and technical schedules, hiring practices, the inclusion of artists in marketing decisions, a commitment to inclusive creative teams, and ongoing sensitivity and anti-racism training (from board and staff, to creative teams to front of house staff, to ushers) and more.
We will post updates to inform our communities about that work.
The following link to anti-racism resources (books, movies, articles, podcasts and more) was compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein in May 2020, we thank them for the work that goes into its maintenance: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES
Letters for Black Lives is a set of crowdsourced, multilingual, and culturally-aware resources aimed at creating a space for open and honest conversations about racial justice, police violence, and anti-Blackness in our families and communities.
Anti-Racism Resource List – an additional list of readings, book, podcasts and more.
These resources are by no means exhaustive, they are meant to offer pathways toward illumination, education, discovery and understanding.