Workplace Culture Manifesto
The staff at TCG commits to building and sustaining a workplace culture that fuels passions and creativity, nurtures collective engagement, embodies diversity, models transparency, facilitates growth, and elevates honest and open discourse.
We are the ones to make it happen.
We respect and value our people.
All members of the theatre ecosystem.
We fuel passions without depleting our people.
We know that personal passions and dreams about artistry, what theatre is now, and what it could become inspire people to join TCG. While fueling these passions, we aim to preserve an environment where the staff are supported in doing their best work without exhausting themselves. We are aware of the tendency to sacrifice personal time in response to capacity shortfalls. We will not take advantage of this tendency, for it compromises the well-being of our people. Thus, we will make every effort to maintain realistic expectations of the time and resources required to deliver a task.
We believe that people should be equitably and meaningfully engaged.
We know that organizations that actively work to dismantle white supremacy culture at all levels and to elevate anti-bias, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive practices understand what it means to be equitably and meaningfully engaged. They steward workplace environments where staff are seen, heard, and engaged in decision-making that impacts the staff and institution. We aim to work with employees to determine what they need to be successful. We know that when employees operate in their best capacity and are included on critical matters, the organization succeeds.
We know that people hold multiple identities and are more than their titles at work.
We commit to understanding what it means to see the full person—in their personal and professional selves—when designing equitable and invigorating workplace practices and policies.
We believe that decision-making should include those whose work is directly impacted by such decisions.
We commit to an environment where those responsible for delivering tasks are asked what is needed, not merely told what to do. We also believe that staff should know how significant decisions that impact the organization are made. We understand that not every staff member can be a “decider” in every decision. The process for making such decisions, however, should be widely shared. Everyone should have a voice and the capacity to trace any decision that affects them.
We believe that there is always room for growth, even when there is no space for internal advancement.
We value personal and professional development. As an organization committed to a just and thriving theatre ecology, we know that the people who come to and eventually leave TCG are a part of this ecosystem, and thus must be fortified. We know that we will not always have space within the organization’s structure to accommodate all desires for advancement. We will nurture and sustain a culture of collective engagement among and across departments while creating opportunities for individual learning and professional growth.
We prioritize open discourse.
We know that conscientious, emotionally competent, and culturally responsible communications are critical. Microaggressions and the implications of fragility are openly addressed. We believe in strengthening the interpersonal communications of our team.