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New York City Allocates $2 Million to Increase Diversity in Theater

The New York Times | by Andrew R. Chow


New York City is allocating over $2 million in grants to increase diversity in nonprofit theaters. The funding, provided by the city’s Theater Subdistrict Council, will go to paid training and mentorship opportunities at organizations like the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harlem Stage, Roundabout Theater Company and the New York Theater Workshop.

The initiative comes as a response to a survey published last year that found minorities were underrepresented in the cultural sector compared to the city population. In nonprofit theater, the difference is particularly stark: 70 percent of the work force is white, compared to 33 percent of the overall city.

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