Release Date: January 5, 2022

Dear Studio Community,

Last January, Studio Theatre published a statement reflecting on the demands for equity issued by We See You, White American Theater, a collective of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) theatre artists, and committing ourselves to a series of actions aimed at making Studio a more inclusive, equitable, and vibrant organization. Over the past year, regular and ongoing conversations have continued, at our staff Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) committee and our board Equity and Inclusion committee, at a series of working groups, at the departmental level, and among our full staff and board.

Some of our original commitments have now taken more concrete shape, and we have made new ones. We’re sharing this update to keep our community in the loop and to hold ourselves accountable. We acknowledge that the progress we’ve made is just a beginning, and that being an anti-racist organization means going on a journey that is never complete.

For their efforts, thoughtfulness, frankness, and recommendations about possible paths toward positive and systemic change, we would like to thank Studio staff, our board, artists, and other stakeholders who have shared their thoughts with us, as well as our field, which is full of insights from which we draw inspiration.



We have published a Land, Labor, and Legacy Acknowledgement, and will inscribe it on the wall of our newly renovated lobby that will welcome back audiences as we reopen the building. Given the particular history of our neighborhood and city, our statement focuses on both Native peoples and on the contributions of Black Washingtonians to building and enriching our city and neighborhood. The statement was created with input from members of both the Native and Black communities.

Pay Equity

Recognizing that equitable and livable compensation for all is a key principle in a commitment to anti-racism, we have changed our pay structures as follows:

Art and Artists

To further our commitment to creating a space that makes BIPOC theatre-makers central to our work and nurtures their processes, we have:

Learning and Training

Studio made a commitment to ensuring that all members of our community have participated in learning around anti-racism and allyship. To that end:


Studio focused on updating our policies and procedures to create a more equitable and inclusive workplace, including:


The Board created an Equity and Inclusion Committee, which identified three areas of focus: membership, governance, and learning and leadership. Over the past year, the Committee recommended the following actions, which the full Board then approved:


As we reopen to audiences following the pandemic, we are taking the following actions to welcome and build an audience that better reflects the population of the DC-metro area and the work on our stages:


We believe that these actions and goals are meaningful steps toward shifting our organization in permanent and impactful ways. We also acknowledge that they are early steps in a years-long effort, and that some changes remain aspirational for us.

In the coming year, we intend to continue the work of assessing and changing our processes, policies, practices, and culture. A few of the things we’ve identified to focus on include rewriting the language we use in all our public communications to better express the values of the institution, creating a plan to work with and invest in more BIPOC-owned businesses, creating a system to track and analyze the make-up of our constituencies to better understand who we are and who we are serving, and regrowing resources to continue to invest in our full and part-time staff, artists, and apprentices.

These updates will be regular and recurring, and we look forward to sharing our ongoing planning, learning, and growth with you. We also hope that institutional change begins to become self-evident to you, as you experience the vitality and diversity of our art and feel welcomed into our building and community.

We invite you to share any thoughts or concerns with us as this work unfolds. We would love to hear from you. You can reach out to us at


David Muse
Artistic Director

Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg
Managing Director