American Conservatory Theater is an essential gathering place that brings artists and communities together to inspire and provoke.


ENGAGE the spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area.

ACTIVATE stories that resonate.

PROMOTE a diversity of voices and points of view.

EMPOWER theater makers and audiences to celebrate liveness.


INCLUSION: We see as essential, and embrace a diversity of voices and perspectives in all that we do. Transparency, collaboration, trust, and respect are core.

TRANSFORMATIONAL LEARNING: We value continuous evolution of ourselves, our art form, and our community. We are open to change, surprise, risk, and the best ideas.

PARTICIPATION: We are invested in all who engage and collaborate in our work – artists, audiences, staff, students, volunteers, donors, and the community as a whole.

RIGOROUS FUN: We are serious about the impact of our work and simultaneously experience joy in what we do.



A.C.T. strives to be an inclusive and antiracist organization where everyone can thrive. As part of a theatrical ecosystem that supports systemic racism and anti-Blackness, we acknowledge our organization’s history as a predominantly white institution and the real harm and trauma in which A.C.T. has been complicit, whether consciously or subconsciously, directly or indirectly, as a result. We recognize that there are colleagues, students, audiences, staff and members of our community who have been made unsafe by our organization and its practices. We take this to heart and take this seriously. We are working to evolve our organizational culture and make meaningful, lasting changes that dismantle and eliminate the inherently oppressive structures and practices in our work, on and off the stage.

We are committed to doing the work through listening, educating ourselves, responding, and adjusting to be better as an organization and individuals. We are holding each other accountable with clear goals and measurable results to create an inclusive, safe and antiracist organization. In addition to the moral imperative, we are steadfast in this work because a diversity of perspectives and experiences leads to improved outcomes for all, including supportive working conditions, more welcoming spaces and better art.

This work is ongoing and we acknowledge the tension between moving quickly, being inclusive and making change that will have lasting impact.



Our EDI Strategic Plan, created in early 2020, is a framework for this work. We focus upon Cultural Competency; Talent Planning, Development and Retention; Employee Led Groups; Programming and Community Partnerships and Engagement; and Intentionality and Accountability.

We are currently expanding and evaluating our plans and commitments with input from We See You White American Theater and the Bay Area BIPOC Equity Action Plan. We are grateful for the work and labor that has gone into developing these plans and hear the feedback from BIPOC colleagues. We are taking a thoughtful and inclusive approach in reviewing these documents, initially seeking input from our staff, students, faculty and board. We expect to expand our actions based upon this review and are also examining our language to be clearer about our anti-racism commitments. We want this moment to be part of the movement it deserves and needs to be.

We acknowledge that statements that a company is in a review and planning process have been used in the past as a means of deferring change. We intend to prove through action that this is not the case here and we expect to be held accountable to that promise. We will post specifics of the plan by November 2020.


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