As an organization focused on children and families, 365 days a year, we know that each one has something amazing to give to the world. As one of the early entry points for many young children to see themselves and others on stage, we take seriously our responsibility to impress positive lifelong inspiration in them. The stories we offer onstage encourage kindness and acceptance, build self-esteem and teach other important life lessons.
We pledge to do our part to reflect and celebrate diversity and equity in our work, on our staff, and on our stages. We pledge to continue to ensure that all children see themselves on our stage and feel the sense of belonging and empowerment that naturally pours out from these transcendent moments. We also promise to use the power of theater to spark conversations about tough topics such as racism; exchanges that lead to positive communication, action, understanding, and change.
To our parents, we want to be a resource as you search for help in talking to your children about the abundant diversity that exists in our world. Through storytelling, thought-provoking conversation, and collaborating with and engaging people of color, people with diverse gender identities, and people with diverse abilities, Dallas Children's Theater will play an active role in the dismantling of institutional racism and prejudice, and provide a safe and welcoming space for families with children who are neurodiverse. We owe this to the children we serve who are our foundation, and the foundation of our global community.
DCT is committed to the kind of excellence in theater arts programming that challenges and inspires young people - from every race, culture, gender, social class, ability and sexual orientation - to develop their unique creative talents and individual perspectives in order to contribute to a more pluralistic and peaceful world.