We were founded by actor-vist Lisa Young, (a Black Woman who is a stroke survivor), in May 2020 after the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and countless other Black people. In 2020, as we considered the impact of COVID-19, and the mobilization and out-cry for justice from people supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, we also asked ourselves "What are we prepared to do to dismantle racism, anti-Blackness and inequalities in theatre?"
We are a grassroots outreach organization providing activism, resources, and accountability for the work of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) in theaters to our members. We serve our membership of individuals, companies, and communities by granting IDEAs designations to organizations which fulfill guiding principles - called Pillars of Inclusion - within their policy and infrastructure. We are Change Agents, who are making demonstrable advancements, real and effective.
Meet the Start-Up Team
steering & endorsement
The operational arm. Responsible for the establishment and evolution of guiding principles and responsible for the endorsing of organizations who hold active plans in good standing with their stakeholders and communities.
alliance & Resource
The services arm. A coalition of member organizations and theater makers who serve as resources for one another and establish and share resources with the community in advancing IDEAs goals.
accountability & Action
The activation arm. Communities, audiences and industry professionals deeply invested in promoting awareness of IDEAs principles, who use their voices to create change and steady improvement of the industry's embodiment of the principles.