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Statement of Purpose

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

Headshot of GerRee Hinshaw
Headshot of Ilasiea Gray
Smiling headshot of Lisa Young

Lisa Young, Founder

Headshot of Marisa Hebert

Marisa D. Hebert

Smiling Headshot of Regan Linton
Smiling Headshot of Caitlin Lowans
Headshot of Mare Trevathan

Mare Trevathan

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. 

© 2020 IDEA Stages is an LLC under temporary fiscal sponsorship through Catamounts Theatre while we build our 501C3 status.

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