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VALUE 4: Accountability in the Theatre: Why It's Important to Take Responsibility for Our Actions



As members of the theatre community in Little Rock, Arkansas, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to make a positive impact on our city and its residents. By taking accountability for our actions and the impact we have on our communities, we can create a more responsible and trustworthy industry that is valued and respected by all.


But what does accountability mean in the context of the theatre, and how can we practice it in our work?


At its core, accountability means taking responsibility for our actions and the impact they have on others. This can involve being honest and transparent in our business practices, treating cast and crew with respect, and being mindful of the impact that our productions have on our communities. By being accountable, we can create a more responsible and trustworthy industry that inspires trust and respect from audiences and industry professionals alike.


But accountability in the theatre goes beyond just our own actions. It also involves considering the impact that our work has on our communities and the larger world. This might mean using our platform to promote social justice and positive change, or being mindful of the environmental impact of our productions. By taking a holistic approach to accountability, we can create a more responsible and sustainable industry that makes a positive difference in the world.



So how can we practice accountability:

  1. Be transparent in business practices: Companies can promote accountability by being transparent and honest in their business practices, such as disclosing finances, adhering to contracts, and being upfront about any potential conflicts of interest.

  2. Treat cast and crew with respect: Companies can practice accountability by treating cast and crew with respect, providing fair compensation and working conditions, and fostering a positive and supportive work environment.

  3. Consider the impact of productions on the community: Companies can be mindful of the impact of their productions on their communities by considering the themes and messages of their shows, and by being open to feedback and input from community members.

  4. Use their platform to promote social change: Companies can use their platform to promote social justice and positive change by using their productions to shed light on important issues and by partnering with organizations that work towards social change.

  5. Be environmentally conscious: Companies can be mindful of the environmental impact of their productions by considering the sustainability of their materials and practices, and by working to reduce their carbon footprint.

By embracing accountability and taking responsibility for their actions and their impact on their communities, theatre companies in Little Rock, Arkansas can create a more responsible and trustworthy industry that is valued and respected by all.

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