We at The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) condemn the horrific crimes that have been committed against Black people in America, and support the Black Lives Matter movement and all of our black performers, directors, audience members, staff members, & students. Our love, respect, and steadfast support go out to all around the world who are standing up and making their voices heard in the defense of black lives.

The PIT, like so many arts institutions, has a way to go when it comes to representation, equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice. We do not take this responsibility lightly, nor do we underestimate that it is on us as an institution to make these critical changes.

We wish to reaffirm and expand our commitment to making The PIT a place where all people, regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, national origin, disability, veteran or military status, can express themselves and gather to experience the joy of comedy.

We are updating our Standards of Conduct to reflect the following, and will keep the PIT community updated on all actions taken to achieve these goals:

Updated Conduct Policy:

“The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) is committed to providing theatrical, educational, and social environments that ensure the equality, dignity, and respect of every PIT staff member, audience member, instructor, performer, work study and student.

In keeping with this commitment, the PIT strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, national origin, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Further, The PIT is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in our comedy community, and is making active strides to become not just inclusive, but actively anti-racist to reach equity of representation and opportunity in all of our spaces. We understand that we, like so many arts institutions, have a long way to go in this regard, and we hope to collaborate with all members of The PIT community to devise evolving solutions to these ongoing issues.”

Goals:

Resources and Actionable Ways to Help:

Charities and Funds:
Petitions to Sign:
Books, Articles, and Resources to Read:
Questions or Suggestions:

If you have any questions or suggestions on resources we are providing, goals we have laid out, our policy changes, etc. please email info@thepit-nyc.com.