Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) Fund

Why Give to The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) Fund

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company strives to be an inclusive space for all races, ethnicities, genders, identities, orientations, abilities, creeds, and ages, where artists and audiences of all backgrounds see themselves and their stories represented, where voices that have been historically silenced are amplified, and where the experience of live theatre is reachable for all.

Your gift to support the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access Fund helps us become Cincinnati's Shakespeare Company, fostering a community of theater makers, patrons, supporters, and stakeholders who are representative of Cincinnati, united in their desire for artistic excellence, and unabashedly welcoming to all who wish to be a part of it. Because a world in which theatre matters to more people is one worth living in and one CSC commits to help to build.

The summer of 2020 made us pause and reflect on our mission as a resident ensemble theatre company bringing Shakespeare and the classics to life for all. While we aspire to this ideal daily, we have historically fallen short at ensuring that “for all” extends beyond individual programs to the broader audience, Board, staff, and leadership at CSC. We have listened to the lived-experiences of our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) colleagues and friends and heard them when they say they have felt excluded, exploited, not welcome, diminished, and silenced. It is up to companies like ours to be a part of the solution.

Facilitating community conversation (“feeding the dialogue”) is a foundational principle of our work, but we recognize that it is an unfulfilled promise if the “dialogue” is only among a small group of homogenous individuals. CSC risks becoming irrelevant to our community and our stakeholders if we do not acknowledge and address this moment in an authentic and forthright way.

Simply said, CSC wants to live the change we aspire to see in our community.

Your contribution to the DEIA Fund supports:
• ongoing Anti-Racism and DEIA training for all CSC employees
• funding for DEIA-focused recruitment, donor and audience cultivation, marketing, engagement, and outreach efforts
• commissions of new plays by BIPOC playwrights, women, and members of the LGBTQ community
• improvements to accommodations for visually-impaired, hearing-impaired, and neurodivergent audiences at Mainstage and Park productions
• new initiatives and programs created to support strategic DEIA Plan goals

“One of the best indicators as I experience a theater is how your audience feels about the work for your African-American audience, I feel like they felt seen. That’s super important to me. Are you engaging your audience base by allowing them to feel seen and represented onstage? And it looks like you all are already doing a stellar job at that for everyone.” – Patron after Fences

“I adore CSC, not only because of your amazing productions, but because of your incredibly supportive environment. Since we are a gay couple, my girlfriend and I are usually wary of going out on public dates. But we felt safe the whole time at CSC, and instead of the usual glares we got smiles when we held hands. So thank you.” – Patron after Twelfth Night

Donate Online

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Donate by Mail

Please make a check out to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and mail to:
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Attention: Development
217 W. 12th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Donate by Phone

Please call Associate Director of Development, Elaine Cox at 513-381-2273 ext. 3200

Donate at the Theater*

The box office will be happy to accept and process a tax-deductible donation by cash, check or credit card at:
The Otto M. Budig Theater
1195 Elm Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
*Call in advance for current hours (513)381-2273

Donate with Stock

Download instructions for making a gift of stock online here.

Questions? Contact Director of Development, Sara Clark at sara.clark@cincyshakes.com

Support for Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access efforts is provided by:

A grant from Fifth Third Bank’s Accelerating Racial Equality, Equity and Inclusion fund

The Westheimer Family

Generous donors to the DEIA Fund.

We are forever grateful for their support.