As the storyteller for our community, Aurora Theatre Company inspires new audiences and longtime theatre lovers alike with the visceral power of live theatre. Our venues, the most intimate professional stages in the Bay Area, highlight great acting, nuanced language, and an immediacy that makes for exhilarating theatre. By telling profoundly relevant stories, we’re building a new culture of theatregoing in the Bay Area and contributing to a revitalization of theatre nationwide, challenging all of us to think deeper, laugh louder, and engage more purposefully and profoundly with our neighbors and our world.
- We commit ourselves to championing racial justice, to better embodying anti-racist practices, and to confronting and dismantling oppression (including but not limited to racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, xenophobia, and religious intolerance) in everything we do.
- We recognize that Aurora Theatre Company is located on land that was stolen from the Chochenyo Ohlone people. Our community has benefited from this land, and we owe the Ohlone people a collective debt.
- We earn our reputation for integrity by treating people fairly, paying equal rates, and being honest and transparent in our dealings.
- We value Bay Area theatre artists for their excellence, for their engagement, and for the local authenticity they bring to our productions.
- We value the great plays of the past for the way their lessons resonate with today’s issues, and new plays for the way they move today’s conversations forward.
THEATRE FOR EVERYONE
At Aurora, we believe that theatre belongs to everyone. We ask that our staff, our artists, and our audience work together to make all people feel welcome here.
Here's how you can help us make everyone feel welcome:
- Be respectful of others.
- Avoid making assumptions about people based on age, race, gender, religion, disability, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, or any other status or characteristic.
- Remember that making comments or asking questions about the factors listed above -- even with good intentions -- can have a harmful impact. This is especially true about factors that have been connected with marginalization.
- One of the joys of live theatre is that your reactions are part of the performance. If something is funny, it’s okay to laugh; if something is shocking, it’s okay to gasp. Remember that our individual reactions are based on our own experiences and cultural backgrounds -- not everyone will respond to the same moment in the same way, and that is something to celebrate.
- Avoid giving any kind of uninvited or unwanted physical contact or sexual attention, including sexual comments, jokes, and innuendos.
- Be an ally. If you witness behavior that appears to be making someone feel unwelcome, say something. Let us know what's going on.
- Please let us know if you feel marginalized in any way. We take all such issues seriously and will do our best to address such concerns in a timely, respectful, and conscientious manner.
- We have all kinds of people on our stage, behind the scenes, on our staff, and in our audience, and Aurora belongs to all of us.
Thank you for being a part of the Aurora Family!
CONFRONTING DISMANTLING OPPRESSION: AURORA’S COMMITMENTS AND ACTIONS
Read more about Aurora's Confronting and Dismantling Oppression work here
Aurora Theatre Audit Report July 2020