Groundlings Theatre & School please update your diversity and inclusion policies
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The Groundlings, located in Hollywood CA, is a theatre that specializes in improv and also serves as a training school for actors and actresses. I am asking the theatre to create a new diversity policy and publish it on their website. All the performers that make up the Main Company Group, per the website, are of one particular ethnicity which is Caucasian. It wouldn't hurt either if The Sunday Company became a little bit more diverse as well, not just one or two performers. The theatre it appears also has very little, almost close to none representation of individuals who are of Hispanic origin which is very surprising considering the racial demographics of Southern California! Aside from Hispanics, there is also a very noticeable lack of Asian (Indian, Chinese, Japanese, South Pacific) and Middle Eastern representation as well!! I raised more of an eyebrow after taking classes there, after my former roommate who I met in the workshop was selected into a training program after passing both workshops, which are the same workshops that I passed as well except he is caucasian. Out of the 280+ Alumni listed on the website I was only able to identify about 13 minorities over a 40 year period. There is a little blip about race and gender, nothing about age, under a stated harassment policy which I find to be completely inadequate for an organization that caters to a liberal industry.
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