America's Oldest · Founded 1808


We also recognize that diverse and eclectic communities make up the rich tapestry of the Philadelphia landscape and have added to The Walnut’s history. We have worked—and will expand our work—with our diverse local communities to make our theatre more reflective of those communities.

Our Audience Commitment

  • Diverse Programming — “Vox Populi” or Voice of the People helps guide our programming through diverse show offerings to be enjoyed by all. We have done so since the start, when in 1983 we presented The Negro Ensemble Theatre’s production of A Soldier’s Play. This inaugural-season production featured Samuel L. Jackson in Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play dealing with race. Our commitment to diversity, our shows that represent many voices, along with our acclaimed Touring Outreach program, have set the stage for our future efforts.
  • Affordable Tickets — As expenses continue to rise, the Walnut has created ticket prices that help to welcome audience-goers from all economic backgrounds.

Our Employment Commitment

Attracting, recruiting, retaining, engaging, supporting, developing, and advancing underrepresented and diverse employees.