MISSION, Vision & Values

MISSION

The Jungle Theater creates courageous, resonant theater that challenges, entertains, and sparks expansive conversation.

VISION

To be a neighborhood theater with national impact, indispensable to our community and aspirational to the field.

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VALUES

STORIES MATTER

Because we believe in the power of live theater to interrogate and celebrate our shared experience, we create work that helps our audience make meaning of the world and deepen connections with each other.
 

ARTISTRY IS A HABIT OF ATTENTION

Because we believe that exquisitely crafted theater makes us feel more alive and calls to our highest potential, we pursue beauty in our work by practicing care and attention to detail in all that we do.
 

A PLAY ISN’T COMPLETE WITHOUT AN AUDIENCE

Because we see our audience as our final collaborators, and because we believe meaningful encounters demand intimacy, we strive to make the Jungle a place where all are welcome and everyone is home.

A GREAT THEATER CARES FOR ITS PEOPLE

Because the work we make and share depends on human time, labor, and love, we are committed to being good to one another. This means we challenge one another creatively, value each other’s time and talent, and collaborate in a spirit of good will and abundance.

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To our Jungle Theater Community:

We have been re-examining our #1 value: 

Because we believe in the power of live theater to interrogate and celebrate our shared experience, we create work that helps our audience make meaning of the world and deepen connections with each other.

Before the Jungle can celebrate in any shared experience we must first interrogate our own roots. We must look at who we are now and look to where we want to be in the future, so we can more fully live our mission to create courageous, resonant theater that challenges, entertains, and sparks expansive conversation.   

We must commit to actions, not just statements of solidarity. We are a predominantly white organization and we want to do the work to dismantle white supremacy and racism in all its forms. In the past we have sought diversity in our casting and in our selection of plays, but we have failed to incorporate that same representation in our staff and board, and at times we have failed to create an environment that felt safe and respectful for all. 

This is a time of transition and transformation in our community. We are looking to to make the world safer, not only in response to the pandemic of COVID-19, but the ongoing pandemic of racist violence and oppression. 

As we rebuild the theater’s operations in this current time, we are listening to the voices of our community to make the Jungle a better place for everyone: on our staff and board, onstage and backstage, and in the audience. We’ll work especially hard to improve the quantity and quality of our connections with BIPOC and transgender communities, as well as people with disabilities and people with families. We commit to:

  • Anti-Racist training for Jungle staff and board, paired with the commitment to ongoing conversations and financial investment to continue the work. 

  • Create new ways to spotlight marginalized voices beyond casting and play selection

  • Increase BIPOC representation on the staff and board by incorporating more inclusive recruitment and retention methods, seeking outside guidance for assistance.

  • Do an internal wage and vendor audit to be sure we’re spending our money in ways that support our values; 

We are committed to doing the work and we do not pretend that we have all the answers. We are beginning on this journey, and we invite our audience, our supporters, and our peers to keep us accountable.  

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