BROADWAY NEWS: THEATRICAL UNIONS UNVEIL DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION AGENDA

Theatrical union leaders put forward a legislative agenda Thursday aimed at increasing diversity, equity and inclusion within the arts industry.

In a joint press conference with affiliated members of the Department for Professional Employees, the unions highlighted priorities including strengthening collective bargaining and copyright laws, increasing federal arts funding to help diversify talent pipelines and awarding federal tax incentives to productions or entities that participate in diverse hiring. 

ā€œDirectors and choreographers and collaborators have increasingly been looking for accountability from employers, from policymakers and from the union and are no longer satisfied with generalized willingness to address concerns,ā€ said Laura Penn, executive director of the Stage, Directors and Choreographers Society. 

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