Mission & What We Do

Mission

The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts is America’s leading advocate for full diversity as a key to the vitality and dynamism of American theatre, film, and television.  We promote authentic dialogue about race, culture, and disability that embraces the complexity of underlying social and historical issues.  We actively engage artists and decision makers, forge partnerships, and create opportunities.  Our aim is to achieve a theatre, film, and television industry that reflects American society; where each artist is considered on his/her merits as an individual; where the stories being told are drawn from diverse experiences; and where our individual humanity and forms of expression can be celebrated.

What We Do

We advance authentic dialogue about race, culture, and disability that embraces the complexity of underlying social and historical issues.

The Alliance serves as an expert advocate and educational resource for full inclusion in theatre,  film, television, and related media by working  closely with actors, directors, writers, designers, choreographers, as well as networks, production companies and arts organizations.

Principal programs include the Advocacy, Consulting and Information Program; the Disability Initiative, which includes Disability in Entertainment and Arts Link (DEAL); and the National Diversity Forum.  Through these activities, the Alliance has become the primary catalyst for and facilitator of increased diversity and inclusion on a national level. Our work also extends to audiences, particularly those belonging to underserved and historically excluded communities.

The only organization of its kind in the United States, the Alliance promotes inclusive hiring practices and standards, diversity in leadership and balanced portrayals of people of color and with disabilities.  When these artists are denied equitable professional opportunities, the exclusion results in a serious loss to the cultural life of the nation and further denies artists and audiences alike the artistic benefits of diversity, and denies the public an accurate reflection of American society.