Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Bard on the Beach operates on the ancestral lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. We are grateful to live, work and connect on this incredible land.


We are a Shakespeare Festival whose performance venue is located on Vanier Park/Sen̓áḵw, 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-Asianness
  • religious discrimination including but not limited to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia
  • xenophobia
  • homophobia and transphobia
  • sexism and misogyny
  • ableism

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

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


Leadership Statements

JANUARY 20, 2021 UPDATE: Over the past seven months, our organization has invested a significant amount of time and resources to better understand how Equity, Diversity and Inclusion issues have impacted our Company, artists, audience members and staff. We’re providing this in-progress update today and will continue to bring you fresh information as our plans and projects develop further. [Read on]


Accountability Timeline

  • March 2021: EDI webpage developed
  • January 20, 2021: Leadership Statement updated
  • January 2021: Staff & Board EDI working group formed
  • December 2020: EDI Bard Staff Book Club formed
  • November 2020: Internal Leadership Pledges created to encourage EDI values within the company (e.g. Executive Director’s Leadership Statement)
  • November 2020: Bard Company Commitments created
  • June 30, 2020: Leadership Statement updated
  • June to December 2020:
    • Weekly Meetings with Community Consultants Sereana Malani, Marci T. House, Christine Quintana, and EDI Working Group Claire Sakaki, Christopher Gaze, Rhea Shroff, and Dean Paul Gibson
    • Introduction to EDI for Boards led by Carol Liao and Shona McGlashan, given to Board of Directors
    • Review of public statements by April Sumter-Freitag (external consultant) with EDI Working Group
    • Community and Culture Foundational questions exercise, facilitated by Sereana Malani
    • Consultation with AdHoc Assembly’s Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, with Christine Quintana
    • Staff-wide introduction to Anti Discrimination Response training with Dr. Ishu Ishiyama
    • Mission/Vision/Values investigation (Part 1), facilitated by Jivesh Parasram with EDI Working GrouP
    • Consultation on Shakespeare Education with Nitasha Rajoo, with Education Department and EDI Working Group
    • Centering Coast Salish Sovereignty in Land Acknowledgments – staff-wide session facilitated by Christine Quintana, with video clip statements from Charlene Aleck / Ts’simtelot (Tsleil- Waututh), Tłakwasikan Khelsilem (Squamish), Christina Nahanee (Musqueam), and Irwin Oostindie (Dutch Settler).
    • Implicit Bias – staff-wide session facilitated by Christine Quintana, using Stanford’s Allyship and Anti-Racism module with video clip statement from Vernā Myers
    • Ongoing paid consultations with Bard Company members and Teaching Artists, led by Sereana Malani and Christine Quintana
    • Review of Respectful Workplace Policy by Sereana Malani, Marci T. House, and Christine Quintana
    • Creation of streamlined reporting policy by Marci T. House and Rhea Shroff
    • Creation of Anti-Oppression Response Framework by Christine Quintana
    • Weekly staff-wide open discussion sessions on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
    • Discussion of integrating EDI values into leadership styles through Leadership Pledge, created by Christine Quintana and Dean Paul Gibson
    • Anti-Racist Theatre workshop with Nicole Brewer, taken by Sereana Malani and Christine Quintana
    • Staff-wide Anti-Oppression 101 presentation, facilitated by Sereana Malani and Christine Quintana
    • Implemented revised Board recruitment process to encourage diversity of board candidates
  • June 2020: Leadership Statement released and External Consultant Engaged


Bard Updates

Pieces that the company is working on
Working Group Committee updates
Policy Updates
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Sponsorship/Membership Commitments


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