TheatreFIRST has made a name for itself for not backing off of a promise: to intersect multiple communities with developmental work, literally putting audiences in the room with the process of creation. We’ve done so by smashing traditional models, holding ourselves to equitable representation mandates -minimum two-thirds people of color, half female identified and one-third LGBTQIA2 – that don’t so much mirror the world we have, but the world we want: a coalition of humans centered in their own stories while simultaneously respecting they may only be in an outer orbit to another’s. Why? Because of our deep, circular belief that progressive action will lead us to the unheard stories we’ve longed to speak and hear, and that those stories will navigate us towards the best version of ourselves in community.