We want to state this clearly and plainly:
PlayPenn is committed to serving the needs of playwrights.
We recognize and acknowledge that we have not always fulfilled this mission and for that we sincerely apologize.
We also recognize and acknowledge that the land on which we do our work, is the traditional homeland of the Lenape, known as “Lenapehoking.” These are the people who made the colony of Pennsylvania possible. Despite forced removals from their homelands and decimating disease, the Lenape are still here today.
We acknowledge that slavery also existed on this land. Enslaved people helped build this city and its culture; yet racism, xenophobia and anti–blackness still exist today. We acknowledge the continuum of historical damage that has been done to these and other communities.
We are here, doing the work of growing into a better PlayPenn, mindful of the right we all have to work in an environment that is completely free of harassment and discriminatory conduct.
We are inspired by theatre artists from Philadelphia and around the country who embrace authenticity, community, and collaboration. We are committed to upholding this model of creative partnership.
The values we share today signal our commitment to an intentionally equitable and anti-racist organization. This emphasis allows for a culturally diverse and inclusive future. We are grateful that you continue to push us into a deeper awareness.