Code of Ethics
Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Code of Ethics articulates our core values, shares our ethical standards to provide guidance for the application of these principles to all work on and off our stages, and provides the standards to which the general public can hold STC as an institution accountable.
This Code of Ethics establishes the standards and principles for ethical conduct that apply to STC collectively as an institution, and to all members of the Board of Trustees, staff, artists, fellows, interns, and others who are employed by or volunteering at STC. We expect that these standards will be met by all STC members and will be enforced by policies as outlined in our Employee Handbook.
As the nation’s premier classical theatre company, Shakespeare Theatre Company has become synonymous with artistic excellence and making classical theatre more accessible to audiences in and around the nation’s capital. STC’s mission is to create innovative productions that inspire dialogue and connect classic works to the modern human experience.
STC is dedicated to treating our board, staff, artists, partners, audiences, and communities with dignity and respect. We are expanding our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts and writing Anti-Racism policies into all of our existing Human Resource materials. We are working to increase the representation of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), women, non-binary/gender non-conforming individuals, members of the LGTBQIA+ community, and people with disabilities in our applicant pool, on our staff, in our senior leadership and Board positions, and as participants in all programming.
STC is committed to building an inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist organization that better reflects the community where we reside and work. STC recognizes the significant room for growth in its company culture, staff composition, artistic programming, and education and engagement programming. In addition to prioritizing racial diversity on and off our stages, STC will also take measures to ensure the support for and safety of women, BIPOC, non-binary/gender non-conforming individuals, members of the LGTBQIA+ community, and people with disabilities.Company Culture
STC’s EDI Committee is instrumental in bringing staff together to discuss and address EDI issues. EDI Committee efforts have led to important policy changes including more equitable hiring and recruitment policies and the practice of including gender pronouns in email signatures and during staff meetings. We are committed to supporting the work of the EDI Committee.
We are also pledging to continue to revise our company’s policies and enhance our practices to ensure the safety, security, and success of all members of our staff.
All staff members are required to participate in mandatory DEIA training
2021: Full staff training with LeeAnet Noble, Director of Equity & Belonging
2022: Full staff microaggression training with Stage a Change Artistic Programming
We are accountable for the work we produce on our stages and acknowledge that “classical” theatre has traditionally been an exclusionary term, limiting the contributions of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), women and nonbinary/gender nonconforming individuals, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities.
We are committed to expanding the definition of “classic” to include playwrights previously excluded from the canon, with a renewed commitment to high-quality, exhilarating, inclusive theatre. We vow to diversify artistic programming, both on and off our stages.Education and Engagement Programming
As a prominent fixture in several D.C. neighborhoods, we acknowledge our interconnectedness to Washington, D.C.’s varied communities and neighborhoods residing within the greater Washington, D.C., metro area. STC is dedicated to working with our community to provide educational, engagement, and enrichment programming for all.