What does "accessibility" mean at our theatre?
NWT recognizes the contributions of our theatrical ancestors who were people of color, indigenous, women, disabled, and LGBTQ-identifying individuals. It is on their shoulders that we stand. We recognize also that despite these roots, the theatre community is not and has not been immune to insidious systemic racism, sexism, and homophobia.
NWT aims to break from the subtle cultural norms that have made the theatre space oppressive to some communities over others. We aim to make amends by shifting to an actively anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-ableist, anti-homophobic standard. One step in our insitution's journey is to provide representation as a means of accessibility. We vow to:
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