EQUITY, DIVERSITY, and INCLUSION

Next Stop Creatives acknowledges that Racism, White Supremacy, Ableism, Sexism, Homophobia, Sizeism and Transphobia exist within and are perpetuated by the entertainment industry, primarily white institutions, BFA programs, and the greater society.

 


 

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

 

As recent graduates of the Department of Drama at Syracuse University, we have witnessed firsthand the oppressive language, behavior, and institutionalized racism built into our education system. We stand in solidarity with the #NotAgainSU movement, highlighting the Syracuse University Administration’s lack of transparency and complicity with White Supremacy. In accordance with this movement, we have learned that actions speak louder than words. 

 

Specifically, we in the Department of Drama remained silent and complacent, as our BIPOC peers were subjected to traumatic and discriminatory behavior. The SU Drama Call to Action, led by alumnus Courtney Rikki Green, along with subsequent supporting demands from current black students, shed light on injustices buried under our superficial declaration of the SU Drama community as a “safe space.” 

 

The events that continue to occur at Syracuse University are a microcosm of the issues our world is facing at large.

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

 

For years there has been a history of mistreatment towards artists, employees, and collaborators by producers in power. In our coming of age, we are experiencing the We See You White American Theatre and March on Broadway movements, challenging oppression within the theatre community, with the goal of constructing an authentic and inclusive industry. 

 

Primarily white male creative teams dominate and dictate what bodies and stories we see on stage and screen. We recognize the constant underlying presence of Ableism, Sexism, Homophobia, Sizeism and Transphobia in an industry that claims to be all embracing. 

 

As the next generation, we at Next Stop Creatives are committed to giving a more substantial meaning to the title “Producer”. We want to make art to enhance society over our economic status. 

 

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

 

Next Stop Creatives will...

 

  • Ensure that all projects we produce will be led and told by the owners of those stories and experiences

  • Actively search for and prioritize creators of color for the projects we produce  

  • Include at least 40% of BIPOC artists in all projects we cast

  • Debut an UNTITLED - Black Artist Project beginning in February 2022: a year long series highlighting and uplifting black voice, artists, and creators, with intent to acquire grants to fund future BIPOC projects

  • Present an End of Year Reflection each calendar year examining our progress on the above commitments, which will be posted on this page, continually holding ourselves accountable

 

 

We acknowledge that 4 out of 5 members of Next Stop Creatives are white. As a majority-white team, it is our responsibility to transform our typed words into realities. As a production company, it is our responsibility to produce change. We hope that you will hold us accountable as our company grows. 

Next Stop Creatives is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age. 

Next Stop Creatives acknowledges that it is located in ancestral Lenape homelands, and it recognizes the longstanding significance of these lands for Lenape nations past and present. We believe that historical awareness of Indigenous exclusion and erasure is critically important and are committed to working to overcome their effects in our own educational institutions.

Next Stop Creatives stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Stop AAPI Hate, and the LGBTQ+ community.