The Guild of Scenic Artists is a community for ALL Scenics. Our industry is full of creative and open people but it is limited in diversity. This needs to change and the Guild is committed to our role in implementing that change. We’d love to hear your ideas on how we can advocate for equitability for BIPOC Scenic Artists and how we can identify the necessary steps forward for this organization.
I would like to start by saying that I am a person of color. I think the most important thing we can do for each other is respect each other’s quality of work. Being in an organization like a guild is a merit based pursuit. It should be observed that our diversity is rich and robust, but we should not expect or try to use that diversity to retain any sort of observance above our talents and merit as a professional artist.
That being said, it should be recognized that employers must recognize and learn to work with people of different backgrounds and cultural differences. The employer should expect, and respect complete professionalism from any artist or employee they hire.
Just because we may look different, or come from a different culture does not mean that we should not be treated any less than the sum quality of our work.