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.
Moving Forward on Diversity
Moving forward, we recognize the need to do more to champion diversity and are committed to the following:
Increase scholarships to our Theatre School for our underserved communities
Continue and expand upon our apprenticeship program
Restructuring our communication avenues to BIPOC communities by strengthening existing partnerships and creating new ones
Our Expansion Project
The next phase of the Walnut includes a new, more accessible space. This will allow us to expand programming,
cultivate new works, and create a new theatrical experience for artists and audiences alike.
The Expansion project will include more welcoming spaces, a friendly and inclusive box office, and accessible restrooms.
We will open the doors of our new space, offering it to a variety of local, diverse arts groups