We are in our fourth decade of developing and producing unique and socially conscious theatre created by Utah playwrights.
We acknowledge the Timpanogos, Newe Sogobia (Eastern Shoshone), Goshute, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) Nations as the original caretakers of the unceded land on which we create and share our work.
Salt Lake Magazine’s Best of the Beehive 2023: “At Plan-B’s core are local playwrights and theatre professionals, helmed by Artistic Director Jerry Rapier, who embrace progressivism, inclusion, diversity and equality. Plan-B also has a delightfully subversive streak that challenges expectations, power and the status quo.”
New York-based Honor Roll! Honors 2023: Artistic Director Jerry Rapier and Managing Director Cheryl Ann Cluff received Individual Achievement Awards for their commitment to producing plays by women+ over the age of 40 (32 over the past 15 years).
STATEMENT ON REPRESENTATION
We believe the safer the work environment, the better the work. We believe in being accountable for our actions, acknowledging our past mistakes, and learning from them to create meaningful and lasting change.
We are committed to authentic, non-tokenized, long-term support of BIPOC artists, patrons, and students (we use BIPOC when Indigenous persons are involved; otherwise we use …of color).
We strive to create a community where patrons and artists feel equally at home. We recognize and advocate for local artists identifying as BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, female, gender diverse, and/or those with visible or invisible disabilities, as underrepresented communities.
To that end, each company decision reflects our commitment to representation (we prefer the term representation over the terms inclusion, diversity, equity, and access).
This living document grows and changes to reflect our growth and change.
WHO WE ARE
We are the first professional arts organization in Utah history led by a person of color.
We are the first professional arts organization in Utah history led by a majority-POC board.
We are anti-racist and anti-racism.
We are anti-ableist and anti-ableism.
We embrace gender diversity and are committed to gender parity.
We are committed to LGBTQIA2S+ equality.
We support bodily autonomy.
We support protections for the Indigenous, the undocumented, and the Dreamers.
Black Lives Matter.
Stop Asian Hate.
A TIMELINE OF THE WORK
As recipients of Salt Lake City's Mayor's Artist Award for Service to the Arts by An Organization and Utah's Governor's Leadership in the Arts Award, we combat predominantly white and male systems, behaviors, and points of view with our generations-long commitment to reflect the Title I audiences served by our statewide Free Elementary School Tour and In the Classroom programs, in every aspect of our work.
Since 2001, we have been Utah's only theatre company committed to creating LGBTQIA2S+ work each season. This commitment has been recognized with Organization of the Year Awards from Equality Utah, Human Rights Campaign, and Transgender Education Advocates of Utah (twice).
Since 2010, we have ensured gender parity among all artists with whom we have collaborated. This commitment has been recognized with three 50/50 Applause Awards from the International Centre for Women Playwrights, the inaugural PAAL Award for parent-inclusive practices from the national Parent-Artist Advocacy League for the Performing Arts + Media, and, most recently, Individual Achievement Awards from Honor Roll! (an advocacy and action group of more than 1,700 playwrights women+ playwrights nationwide) for Managing Director Cheryl Ann Cluff and Artistic Director Jerry Rapier, celebrating our history of producing work by women+ playwrights over the age 40.
Since 2015, we have produced the first world premieres in Utah history by Asian, Black, Latina, and Persian playwrights.
Since 2017, when we convened the first meeting of artists of color in the history of Salt Lake City and subsequently formed the ongoing Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop, 55% of the total number of artists we have collaborated with have identified as BIPOC.
In 2018, an all-female-identifying committee (three trustees, two staff, a stage manager, a playwright, and an actor) representing a range of ages, races, and orientations, developed a comprehensive Anti-Discrimination & Harassment Policy to ensure that we provide the safest possible work environment. Once approved by an employment attorney, this policy was split into two documents, the second being Production Standards.
The former is a legal document requiring signature, providing extensive protections for artists and a clear path for registering a complaint or voicing a concern without repercussion. The latter is the facing pages of every draft of every script we send to artists, detailing unacceptable behaviors while under our employ. This living document is updated as needed with input from the artists with whom we collaborate.
In 2021, Salt Lake City's Downtown Alliance honored us with its Achievement Award in the Arts for more than 30 years of amplifying diverse voices.
In 2022, Westminster University's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion honored us with its Unsung Hero Award for promoting a diverse and inclusive community along the Wasatch Front.
In 2022, we enacted our three-year plan to ensure our commitment to accessibility is on the same level as our commitments
to parity and representation. We have expanded our accessibility offerings to include:
- monthly website audits via AccessiBe to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
- 18-point font website-wide.
- Accommodations Request Forms for Patrons and Artists.
- free app with increased font size.
- large-print scripts.
- digital playbills.
- audio playbills.
- ASL-interpreted performances.
- sensory-friendly performances.
- assisted listening devices.
In 2022 and 2023, Feedspot ranked ours among the 15 best websites and blogs for playwrights among thousands worldwide.
Plan-B is supported in part by Salt Lake County Arts & Culture as a Resident of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.
As an Associate Member of the National New Play Network, Plan-B operates under an SPT-4 agreement with Actors' Equity Association, and on the Tier Contract with the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.
We comply with Utah Nonprofit Association's Standards of Ethics.
Recent 990s and audited financials available via the Financials button below.
Each staff member has been through the Breaking Barriers training and shares the Accessibility Coordinator responsibilities.
Board of Directors
Benjamin Brown (he/him)
Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Interim President (she/her)
Chris Curlett, Treasurer (he/him)
Lily Hye Soo Dixon (she/her)
Jesse Nix (he/him)
Melissa Salguero (she/her)
Kay Shean (she/her)
The Lab Playwrights
Matthew Ivan Bennett (he/him) | Rachel Bublitz (she/her) | Elaine Jarvik (she/her) | Julie Jensen (she/her) | Jenny Kokai | Melissa Leilani Larson (she/her) | Jenifer Nii (she/her) | Morag Shepherd | Debora Threedy (she/her) | Camille Washington (she/her)
The Lab Dramaturgs
Charisse Baxter (she/her) | Greg Hatch (he/him) | Janine Sobeck Knighton (she/her)
Theatre Artists of Color Writing Workshop Playwrights
Tatiana Christian (they/them) | Chris Curlett (he/him) | Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin (she/her) | Bijan Hosseini (he/him) | Tito Livas (he/him) | Brandan Ngo (he/him) | Iris Salazar (she/her) | Darryl Stamp (he/him)
Latoya Cameron (she/her) | Chris Curlett (he/him) | Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin (she/her) | Kallie Filanda (she/her) | Pedro Flores (he/him) | Avery Franklin (he/him) | Brenda Hattingh (she/her) | Talia Heiss (she/her) | Sammee Jackman (they/them) | Julie Jensen (she/her) | Alec Kalled (he/him) | Sharah Meservy (she/her) | Jay Perry (he/him) | Jerry Rapier (he/him) | Darryl Stamp (he/him) | Yolanda Stange (she/her) | Taylor Wallace (she/her) | Benjamin Young (he/him)