We're All About Inclusion
Have you ever noticed that there seem to be a disproportionate number of LGBTQ+ individuals in theatre? We believe that this happens because theatre is a safe place to be someone else -- or to stop pretending to be someone that you aren't. When a person has to stay "closeted" for their own safety, it is a relief to jump into fiction and play other people; it is a relief to do and say things you could never get away with elsewhere, all while having the safety net of a supportive cast and crew. On top of that, Bare Bones Shakespeare is known for its "Gender Wacky" casting, so our company is a great place to explore and play with gender identity. More than half of our current company is LGBTQ+, and we'd love to add you to the list.
Let's face it: Shakespeare is one of many dead white dudes, and as such, the study and practice of Shakespeare tends to be dominated by white scholars, white artists and white audiences. Whether it is explicit or implied, BIPOC individuals are often discouraged from taking an interest in the Bard. Well, to heck with that. We believe that Shakespeare is for everyone, and we're putting our money where our mouth is by actively recruiting BIPOC individuals to join not just our casts, but our team of producers, designers, directors, and social media gurus. We are inspired in part by the BIPOC Demands document discussed below. In short, we agree that our stages and our production meetings need more racial diversity. Check out our Pitch Party page for more information.
Disabilities can take many forms. The most visible disabilities often cause others to treat the disabled person as invisible, or worse, inhuman. As if that weren't enough, invisible disabilities plague our nation, and we should know: almost all of the artists in our current company have at least one invisible disability. We know how hard it is to get basic accommodations, or even the simple respect of recognition and acceptance. Visible or invisible or both, we want to encourage artists with disabilities to join us. To take a principle from Commedia del'Arte, it is our differences that make us valuable, special, and wonderful. When we stop pretending that actors should be interchangeable, that is where we find character, where we find art, and ultimately, at last, where we find ourselves.
We Have Received and Read The BIPOC Demands.
These Demands Are In Line With Bare Bones Shakespeare's Values,
And We Are Doing Everything We Can To Meet Them.
That is why we are inviting EVERYONE, but particularly BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and Disabled artists to pitch shows for our 2023 season.