The Nursery is committed to broadening our equity-seeking programming and education curriculum — to offer dedicated spaces and opportunities for our affinity groups to develop as performers, teachers, and leaders in the improv community
As a member of these groups, you are welcome to engage with the affinity-specific classes and jams, community spotlights (individuals, groups, and organizations) and updates on The Nursery Theatre’s inclusion journey.
In equity circles, the term affinity group refers to social groups that form around shared interests or common goals. Improv communities are affinity groups that contain other affinity groups — people who like to watch improv shows, to learn and teach improv, to perform and play with others, to network and find relationships, and a myriad of other interests.
The more one feels a sense of belonging, the longer they stay connected to that community. The Internet has made it easier for like-minded and like-spirited people to connect.
The Nursery acknowledges that in the UK, and worldwide, some affinity groups are/were actively marginalized and excluded from exploring, developing and expressing their interest in arts and education. We want to be part of the solution, not the problem.
Over the last two years, we’ve supported the Women’s and BIPOC affinity groups, acknowledging that both groups are still-marginalized within the larger society. We’re redoubling our commitment to them, with plans to expand our support.
Over time, we will expand that model to the other affinity groups already present in our community. It will take time because of limited resources — people and time.
Curious allies are equally welcome to peruse and “amplify the signal boost” for the content.