AfterWork Theater stands with Black Lives Matter and maintains its commitment to providing a safe and equitable space for black, indigenous, and people of color members of our community.
As an anti-racist theater organization, we challenge ourselves to be increasingly thoughtful and intentional about the ways in which we can best champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a performing arts institution, we acknowledge the responsibility we carry to actively dismantle the systems that have historically benefited many of us while simultaneously silencing, oppressing, and causing harm to far too many others.
We like to say our organization celebrates the different backgrounds and perspectives of our community members. Although we have misstepped along the way to achieving this vision, our commitment to learning and unlearning the ways in which we can better live up to these values is stronger than ever:
Educating ourselves: As leaders of an organization, we must ensure we have the tools required to analyze our privilege and how it impacts the decisions we make in creating and running an anti-racist organization. Therefore, our first order of business is to educate ourselves on the history of systemic racist and exclusionary policies as well as the current landscape of discrimination that exists at the intersection of the theater and nonprofit sectors.
Lifting marginalized voices: We recognize the role that theater can play in amplifying underrepresented communities by telling their stories. In the short term, we will revisit our programming and select programs that are developed by, or center content on, voices in the community that are marginalized in our community. Long term, our goal is to design a programming rubric that will aim to balance spotlighting minority voices and continuing the conventional programs that you have come to expect from AWT.
Deconstructing our approach and policies: We acknowledge that theater as an institution was created by and for white people. Over the course of the next few months and as an ongoing practice, we will be reviewing every aspect of AWT’s operations, deconstructing and rebuilding them with DEI at the center, rather than bolted on as an afterthought. This will cover everything from casting practices to how we interpret and make decisions based on participant data we collect.
Elevating transparency: We believe progress can only come when we are committed to proactively communicating and sharing key information with our community. We aim to ensure all of our stakeholders — participants, donors, volunteers, and others — understand how we are governed, make decisions, balance our books, and more.
Of course, there is more to come. Thank you so much for working with us to build a better AWT community.
Max, Amanda, Regina, Angel, William & Nick
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A Little About Us
AfterWork Theater is a community theater designed for everyday people to perform in New York City. We provide the extraordinary opportunity to perform in musicals, plays, musical revues, and more in a stress-free environment. No audition required. We’re all about fun, community, and creative self-expression. Come play with us.
Part of the stress-free environment is knowing you are already in. This isn’t about landing the starring role so we took that out of the equation and left only the fun part.
If there’s one thing all New Yorkers can agree upon it’s that we have NO free time. We totally get that. That’s why we designed AWT to fit into the busiest of schedules. Rehearse approximately once or twice a week. That’s it.
Our professional creative staff will guide you through a true New York City theater experience. We hire the real deal but don’t be surprised if you end up duet-ing with them at karaoke after rehearsal.
"I mainly did this show to see if I can pull it off on stage, but more importantly I did this to make new friends, and my God! did I make new AMAZING, talented, beautiful, hope-filled, inspiring, and generous friends! Both casts were utterly brilliant and beautiful!"
"Here I am, two shows in, and I’ve made incredible friendships, performed songs I never thought would make it past my shower, and met all of you gems. Most importantly, this community renewed my drive to live a meaningful life, to take risks, and to make my mark."
"Being a part of this group brought out many things in myself that I was never given an opportunity to express before. This is what AfterWork Theater Project is all about, self-expression. Being yourself, taking leaps, and taking risks is what this community represents. I learned how to trust myself and to believe in my worth as a person. I was challenged but overcame self doubt while gaining confidence in myself."