Company Commitments

We are a Shakespeare Festival whose performance venue is located on Sen̓áḵw/Vanier Park, the site of a vibrant Coast Salish village which was the home of Indigenous nations for thousands of years. We take our responsibilities as occupants of this space seriously, and describe them as follows:

At Bard we welcome people of:

  • all races
  • all religions
  • all countries of origin
  • all sexual orientations
  • all gender identities
  • all abilities and disabilities
  • all immigration statuses

In our office and work spaces, gathering places, stages, rehearsal halls and backstages, we are working towards addressing and combatting:

  • racism including but not limited to anti-Indigeneity, anti-Blackness, and anti-Asianess
  • Religious discrimination including but not limited to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia
  • xenophobia
  • homophobia and transphobia
  • sexism and misogyny
  • ableism
  • ageism

The responsibility to create and maintain this inclusive, accessible and anti-oppressive environment is shared by all Bard company members, regardless of seniority, job title or relationship to the company.

The above is not comprehensive; this is a living document. We continue to be open to questions, feedback and dialogue.