Anti-Racism, Anti-Discrimination Statement

The Segal Centre has always believed in the power of the performing arts to strengthen and connect communities. Over the past weeks, the deaths of George Floyd, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and countless other Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) community members have inspired a global cultural shift acknowledging historical and systemic racial injustice. We have been hearing, listening, and learning from artists, patrons, and our own team members about how we can make the Segal Centre more inclusive for BIPOC creators and patrons. Thank you to those who shared their thoughts with us. We are heartened to know that our community is so close that you feel comfortable reaching out and putting your trust in us. This trust is something we do not take lightly.

Our Jewish roots remind us of our duty to not be bystanders but to stand up against white supremacy and be actively anti-racist. We are taking action in light of these and many national and international conversations we are engaged in, as we make plans for what the Segal Centre will look and feel like when we return and that includes making fundamental and sustainable changes to the way we operate so that we can promote an environment that actively works against racial bias, unconscious bias, anti-blackness and discrimination in all forms.

We are using the opportunity presented to us while our stages remain dark to advance this important work at all levels of our organization and come back as a stronger and better representative for our community. This includes continuing discussions with our stakeholders, and with the support of our Board of Directors, and the engagement of a BIPOC consultant, creating a plan of actionable steps to be an agent of change. Inclusion has become more and more of a core value of the Centre in recent years, but we must do more. We can and must be better.

Since our industry has been disrupted and we’re currently reduced to a solely online presence, please take a moment to read the list below of steps we’ve taken so far. We look forward to remaining in conversation with you, our community, as we pursue this essential work.

  • Came out with a statement on social media in support of the protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd
  • Continue to educate ourselves via readings, personal research, webinars, participating in advocacy discussions on a local, national, and international level with the theatre sector,
  • Used our social media platforms to share resources, stories, articles, projects and amplify Black voices and online events, · Postponed online events in order to elevate Black voices
  • Asked for tips and donations raised during all remaining Broadway Super Awesome Fun Time dance classes to be donated to Black Theatre Workshop and Obsidian Theatre
  • Changed our June 23rd Tuesday Night Live @ Home selection to a show where we could reflect on the experience of Black artists and focus our discussion on diversity
  • Acknowledged the disproportionate whiteness of the traditional and current Broadway musical theatre canon on the Broadway Café 10th Anniversary Celebration livestream and committed to actionable measures to help correct this disparity when the events restart up again in the future
  • Lisa’s Nightcap on June 29th featured Theatre artist Ray Hogg and his new Prime Mover Theatre Company that supports marginalized artists in the theatre
  • Sent out an end of season Segal Centre video update to 21,000+ stakeholders acknowledging the opportunity we have to be a part of the conversation and our intent to inform our community of our action plans going forward
  • Created an Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Committee on the Board of Directors

Currently in progress:

  • Planning an online event in partnership with The Montreal Holocaust Museum featuring Black voices from the cultural and educational sectors
  • Building a list of actionable items and ideas supported by the Board of Directors that will look at ways we can build a stronger and more robust Anti-Racist Segal Centre for when we re-open.
  • Engaging a BIPOC consultant to support the Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Committee in building an Inclusion and Anti-Racism action plan.