introduction to the 35/50 initiative
Thumbs Up Good Work Theatre has been in contact with the 35//50 Initiative since early August, and I put my name down on a list of signatories in support of the Initiative. Since then, I have received two emails from the 35//50 Initiative that included a call for transparency around Thumbs Up Good Work Theatre's commitment to diverse and equitable hiring practices, and public acknowledgement of these emails.
I am grateful to the organizers of the 35//50 Initiative for including Thumbs Up Good Work Theatre in this process, and for their understanding and patience around our specific circumstances as a company-in-transition created in response to the very issues around racism and representation the Initiative is bringing forward.
I am absolutely in support of this Initiative, and acknowledge the labor that being asked of me. I commit to presenting our company's context, data, and goals publicly by the end of September. Please watch this space!