Inclusion is something that I strive for in all of my work, because I believe art is most interesting when it reflects the widest possible range of experiences and viewpoints. My aim is always to hold space for people who are different from me. My intention with this statement is to make clear my beliefs and commitments, so that students and colleagues can understand who they are working with and the specific actions I am taking with regards to creating inclusive spaces. It will be updated at least once per year (current version January 2023).
I do not tolerate racism, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia or other sexual preference based discrimination, body shaming, sexism, classism, ablism, discrimination against those with mental health conditions, sexual harassment or any other forms of discrimination in my classes, shows, or workspaces. I will always aim to be actively inclusive in all of my work, never knowingly do or allow harm, and continue to seek out education and training to ensure I am providing inclusive and welcoming spaces. I will take on feedback with curiosity and open mindedness, actively work to right any wrongs, and to give up power of needed to give space for real change. I will always make accommodations to allow anyone who wants to to participate fully in my classes, shows, or spaces: if you are unsure what accommodations you may need, please contact me.
I will not knowingly work with people who do not share these values.
If you have any feedback, requests, or would like to call something to my attention you can email me directly at: email@example.com, or use the anonymous feedback form below:
My current commitments to inclusion include:
- I commit to equitable and transparent financial splits with anyone I collaborate with
- I commit to treat every colleague with respect and as an equal
- I regularly (at least twice per year) undertake training in various areas of inclusion, including anti-racism, blind/partially sighted inclusion, neurodiversity, mental health first aid, boundaries, gender, and inclusion of people with disabilities
- I commit to staying up to date and to ensuring my training centres lived experiences outside of my own
I acknowledge that I am in receipt of racial privilege and commit to being actively anti-racist in the following ways:
- I acknowledge the ongoing effects of colonialism on global culture and art and commit to working against them
- I regularly undertake anti-racist training and workshops, and research on my own time. I commit to maintaining this
- I commit to doing my utmost to educate myself about various kinds of racial and cultural microaggressions that might affect people with whom I’m working, and to act to counter them
blind/partially sighted inclusion
- I regularly run audio-only online classes and will continue to do so
- Any class, online or in person, is fully accessible to a person who is blind or partially sighted
- I am working with members of the blind/partially sighted community to feedback on current accessibility efforts
- I am working towards my website and social media being fully accessible to those using screen-readers, and commit to completing this by December 2023
- I commit to adapting classes, rehearsals, shows, and spaces for neurodiverse colleagues or students
- I will make rough lesson plans and written instructions available to neurodiverse participants on request, am happy to rephrase or write instructions, meet before or after a class for a debrief, or otherwise make every effort to connect and communicate
financial inclusion / bursaries
- There are scholarship places available for those who need them in all of my classes. There is no set criteria or application form, people can book these places directly.
- Any online class can be made fully accessible for people to phone in and participate as an audio only participant if they do not have access to a computer or to the internet
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