Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a phrase used to describe programs and policies that help make spaces more accessible and just for all people.

Children’s Performing Arts Inclusion Statement

Children’s Performing Arts honors the uniqueness of each individual and embraces diverse backgrounds, values, and viewpoints to build a strong, inclusive community that prepares everyone for life in a multicultural and inclusive society. Performing arts are enhanced by shared perspectives of those with varied backgrounds and views. We believe that all students belong at the center of the story, regardless of gender, race, size, sexual orientation, or abilities. CPA strives to be a “home to everyone.” This includes staff, students, contractors, board members, audience participants, volunteers, and community members.

In line with CPA’s Statement of Inclusion, we are committed to the following:

  • Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment
  • Practicing color-conscious casting, providing equitable role opportunities regardless of race and ethnicity
  • Supporting gender–affirming experiences to promote students’ authentic self and health 
  • Cultivating a safe culture in which students and the CPA community can share their pronouns and preferred names
  • Removing participation barriers by providing easy access to scholarships
  • Establishing low and no-cost theater experiences for community members; developing partnerships with organizations supporting this practice (ex: Tickets For Kids)
  • Choosing and creating productions that respect diverse cultures and communities of color to represent our evolving community demographics
  • Producing Relaxed Performances, for main stage shows
  • Creating accommodations for students of all abilities and skills to participate in programming, including “take a break spaces” during rehearsals and performances
  • Creating productions where participants of all shapes and sizes are celebrated in all roles
  • Implementing accessible and affordable programming to local Title I schools through our Theatre Outreach Program for Schools (TOPS) program
  • Providing board, staff, and contractors with resources and training for practicing inclusivity and advocating for our students and the community
  • Promoting students’ compassion, respect, and kindness towards one another and the community while engaging in socially conscious and anti-racist practices