Building a Better Roundabout

In Our Offices

Targets & Progress

In September 2021, we shared our plan to build a better Roundabout. Explore our yearly progress and review our original five-year goals below.


50% BIPOC representation across staff at all levels, including senior leaders within the next five years

Our Five-Year Goals


Create professional development and mentor opportunities for BIPOC staff

To establish a more representative decision-making team, empower existing BIPOC staff and hire more artistic and casting staff and culturally specific consultants with decision-making power and authority

Audit and expand hiring strategies and resources to add new full-time BIPOC staff

Promote an equitable interview process for new hires, including streamlined questions for all candidates, reframing job descriptions using competencies rather than “check boxes,” and removing degree requirements unless absolutely necessary

Nya, Harper Miles, and Nasia Thomas in Caroline, or Change, fall 2021. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Linda Lavin, Daniel K. Isaac, and Marinda Anderson in You Will Get Sick, fall 2022. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Determine and hire appropriate personnel to implement and maintain EDI/AR work

Audit current vendor list and research and identify a new, broader set of vendors, with a focus on BIPOC vendors

Maintain and expand staff affinity groups and allow staff members to participate during work hours (including paying hourly employees for time participating in affinity-group activities)

Expand cost-of-living scholarships to provide additional support for BIPOC participants in Roundabout internships and apprenticeships

Review and revise existing institutional materials through an EDI/AR lens and establish an ongoing process for future front-facing assets


Develop and evolve staff-wide training, with special emphasis on training for supervisors and hiring managers, public-facing staff, and staff responsible for external communications

Require “catch-up” training for any staff who missed initial, mandatory, all-staff session

Break down silos by creating opportunities for cross-department/cross-level collaboration, including the creation and sharing of departmental operating plans

Provide personal development opportunities for employees, including conflict resolution

Continue to encourage the use of pronouns in email signature and other communication

Review staff, student and artist participation in fundraising and Board events and engagement to promote equitable practices

The company of Scotland, PA, fall 2019. Photo by Nina Goodheart.


Hire external company to conduct a pay-equity analysis, and address pay inequities where appropriate

Post salary ranges for all job postings and internally share salary bands

Evaluate staff engagement with EDI/AR initiatives as part of annual 360 review process and as a factor in advancement considerations

Implement 3-year staffing plans for each department, including executive leadership

Through annual surveys and exit interviews, continually seek employee feedback on organizational culture, individual needs/accommodations and EDI/AR progress

Require consistent EDI/AR training as part of on-boarding across the organization

Evaluate and, if necessary, expand current external system for efficacy in reporting EDI/AR violations

Require managers and human resources staff to share criteria for advancement as part of annual reviews

Explore health-care options for part-time employees

Audit donor benefits and donor-observation opportunities of education programming to promote equity

Establish and enforce a public-facing zero-tolerance policy for mistreatment of our employees, and create restorative practices for harmed staff

Equitable Policies

Provide greater transparency around organizational decision making

Audit current HR policies to promote equity and inclusion

Examine policies regarding which employees currently do not receive an organizational email address, staff on-boarding, and/or staff benefits/perks

Solicit and utilize hiring recommendations from multiple levels of staff and Board members and eliminate nepotism in hiring practices

Evaluate teams based on effectiveness, equitability, and transparency with a goal of learning from the teams that model this and transforming or replacing teams that do not

Audit intern and apprentice programs to establish expectations for these roles that appropriately balance learning and practical experience, create more opportunities for networking with senior leaders and members of the Board, and identify additional departments where interns and/or apprenticeships could be added

2021-22 Season

19% Senior staff is BIPOC

Five-Year Target: 50% Senior staff is BIPOC

32% Administrative staff is BIPOC

Five-Year Target: 50% Administrative staff is BIPOC

Action Points

Created multiple employee affinity groups, and pay hourly employees for their participation during work hours

Revised and streamlined the interview process to decrease bias and ensure applicant’s experiences are equitable

Used a platform called Paradigm Reach to onboard all staff, artists and crew for baseline and “catch-up” EDI/AR learning

Increased number of BIPOC-owned vendors for Development events from 9.5% in the 2018–19 (our last full pre-pandemic season) to 50%

The company of English, winter 2022. Photo by Ahron R. Foster.

2022-23 Season

17% Senior staff is BIPOC

Five-Year Target: 50% Senior staff is BIPOC

46% Administrative staff is BIPOC

Five-Year Target: 50% Administrative staff is BIPOC

Action Points

Diversified our vendor pool by partnering with new companies

Hired a consultant to begin a pay-equity analysis and create a transparent salary administration guideline which will include the criteria for advancement, among other information

When searching for a new Executive, we engaged consultants, created a staff search committee and  invited staff from across all levels of the organization to be a part of the process including providing feedback through a survey

The company of 1776, fall 2022. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Katie Holmes and Eddie Kaye Thomas in The Wanderers, winter 2023. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Introduced training for Call Center staff that empowers them to combat and respond to commonly occurring microaggressions

Maintained 50% BIPOC representation among vendors contracted for Development events