Timothy McCuen Piggee – Actor/Director (2004-2005)

When asked to reflect upon the topic of diversity in the theatre my mind travels not to the thorny issues of color-blind casting and cultural bias, I happen to think that those issues are and will always inherently American, but I focus on the lack of diversity within the institutions themselves, particularly in the fields of arts management and development.

When it comes to diversity, I’ve rarely seen the business management area of a theater match or surpass the artistic departments.  I often wonder how our organizations will continue to survive if they do not reflect the very communities they serve.  Perhaps the more difficult question is how to get young persons of color interested in the field arts management?

Could this be done with stronger recruitment programs or institutional mentorship programs?   I don’t really know the answers to those questions, but I think they are questions worth asking.  I think we can all agree that the face of this country is swiftly changing and the programming of our organizations must change along with it.  As traditional funding sources drift away and more and more corporate sources replace them, we need strong advocates to help ensure that the art we produce is both forward thinking and reflective of the communities we serve.

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