Our Values

Theater J’s Anti-Racism and Inclusion Values and Commitments

As the leading Jewish theater company in the US, Theater J strives to infuse Jewish values in every aspect of what we do. We place special emphasis on the value of tikkun olam: repairing the world. It is through this lens that we acknowledge that white American theater has created and benefitted from a foundation of systemic racism and oppression that has harmed generations of BIPOC artists, technicians, and producers. Theater J is committed to being an inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive institution.

Theater J is a Jewish theater, and a program of the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center. We tell stories of Jewish culture, history, and faith that speak to both the Jewish experience and the universal human condition. Being Jewish is not particular to any one demographic, one set of beliefs, or one singular identity; for example, ethnically and racially diverse Jews represent a significant portion of the Jewish population in the US. As with many communities, Jews are and have been both victims of persecution and beneficiaries of privilege; our histories tell stories of antisemitism, racism, xenophobia, and oppression in a multitude of forms. By producing and presenting both new and classic Jewish stories for our stage, we seek to teach empathy, create community and commonality, and reflect the world back to our audience so they can help make it a better place for everyone. We are committed to doing that work in a more just way, both onstage and off.

The action items listed below are only some of our commitments in this work, which we see as a constant journey toward a more just world. We will update this list regularly. We commit to listening and learning as we develop these practices further.


Employment Practices



Internal Operations

We invite our community to share their input with us and hold us accountable; please send comments to Managing Director David Lloyd Olson at david@theaterj.org.

First Published October 2020
Updated August 2021
Updated April 2022

We’re immensely grateful to WeSeeYouWAT for their list of Demands for White American Theatre, which have helped us in the development of these commitments.