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AMDA’s Diversity Statement was created by a committee of students, faculty, and staff. AMDA is intentionally striving to be a voice for change within not only the performing arts industry but also as a leader in such student-first approaches to theatre and dance training programs. Read the full Diversity Statement and other Statements of Compliance on our AMDA Policies page.

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AMDA’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion seeks to create an open and affirming space for all community members. While this work is prioritized throughout the institution, the mission of this office is to ensure AMDA’s values are being upheld across our campuses. You can utilize this page to access resources and check on projects and initiatives that are currently in progress.

At AMDA, we are committed to creating and upholding what we believe are the best standards and practices regarding casting for our students in our classrooms, on our stages, and for our on-camera work. We hope one day soon to see these standards and practices realized across platforms for performing artists including Broadway, national and international stages, film and television.

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AMDA is committed to providing regular updates and information about ongoing initiatives. Check here regularly to stay in the know.

Aug 29

August 2020 Updates

As we continue to make changes in our community to better support our BIPOC students, one of the absolutely necessary steps to take is to provide Anti-Racism Training for our Faculty.

AMDA is committed to leading the change towards equity and equality in the arts & entertainment industry. We recognize, acknowledge, and take full responsibility for the parts of our history that include trauma. We are intentionally moving in a direction that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Monthly updates regarding our commitment to equity and equality will be posted to this page for our AMDA community to see and hold us accountable.


August 2020 Update

  1. Anti-Racism Training for AMDA Faculty: As we continue to make changes in our community to better support our BIPOC students, one of the absolutely necessary steps to take is to provide Anti-Racism Training for our Faculty. AMDA continues to collaborate with diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant Chianti Blackmon, who is  leading a three part, custom training all AMDA Faculty are required to attend. So far, there have been two sessions of Part 1 for AMDA LA Faculty and AMDA NY Faculty. Scheduling for Part 2 is currently underway. 

            Part 1: Why Now: AMDA, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion

            Part 2: The Role of Faculty in Navigating Hot Button Triggers in Difficult Interactions Across Difference

            Part 3: Building Skills - Interrupting Perfectionism, Individualism, Defensiveness, & Other Tools of Internalized      

                        Dominance Session

We acknowledge and embrace the fact that this training will need to be ongoing and is just the beginning in terms of resources we are providing to our AMDA faculty.


  1. The AMDA NY Curriculum Review Committee had it’s first meeting on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 7pm EST. To view the full meeting report, please click here. Applications for the AMDA LA Curriculum Review Committee are still being reviewed.

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July 2020 Updates

AMDA is committed to leading the change towards equity and equality in the arts & entertainment industry. We recognize, acknowledge, and take full responsibility for the parts of our history that include trauma. We are intentionally moving in a direction that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion.

AMDA is committed to leading the change towards equity and equality in the arts & entertainment industry. We recognize, acknowledge, and take full responsibility for the parts of our history that include trauma. We are intentionally moving in a direction that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Monthly updates regarding our commitment to equity and equality will be posted to this page for our AMDA community to see and hold us accountable.

Here is where we are starting:


  1. AMDA's Curriculum Review Committee: One of the ways in which AMDA will begin to implement positive change is to form Curriculum Review Committees. AMDA’s Curriculum Review Committees will be composed of students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  All curriculum review committee members will be compensated via an honorarium. 
  • A subcommittee will be established for each program on each campus:

  •  1. New York will have three (3) distinct committees: Dance Theatre Conservatory; Integrated Conservatory; Studio Conservatory

  • 2. Los Angeles will have five (5) distinct committees: Acting AOS/BFA Acting; Dance AOS/BFA Dance; MT AOS/BFA MT; Performance/Production; General Education

  • Applications for AMDA NY’s Curriculum Review Committees have been reviewed, applicants have been selected, and sent offers. Applications for AMDA LA’s Curriculum Review Committees are still in review.
  1. Hiring of a Chief Diversity Officer & Diversity Inclusion Coordinator: AMDA’s HR Department is currently conducting interviews for a Chief Diversity Officer & Diversity Inclusion Coordinator. These two positions will serve both the AMDA LA and AMDA NY campuses.  
  1. Virtual Safe Spaces: AMDA offered three virtual sessions to current students (two for Black identifying students and one for all students) with guest facilitator, Chianti Blackmon, Equality & Inclusion Consultant. Two additional sessions were also offered to AMDA Alumni with guest facilitator, Chianti Blackmon (one for Black identifying Alumni and one for all Alumni). These virtual sessions were designed to provide a safe space for Black identifying students and alumni to be seen and heard. 
  1. AMDA's Black Student Union: AMDA's Black Student Union's mission is to advocate for, celebrate, and honor Blackness in its varied forms by focusing on present-day events, history, and culture. It is a student-led organization designed to center around Blackness by sharing knowledge, exchanging resources, and engaging in a thriving community. AMDA NY's existing Black Cultural Alliance (BCA) has become AMDA NY's Black Student Union (BSU) and is currently moderated by Kaisha S. Huguley.  A Black Student Union will be established on AMDA LA's Campus this summer and will be moderated by Justin Key. For updates, follow BSU on Instagram @bsu.amda.

The mission of AMDA's Accessibility Services Office is to ensure that all students are afforded an equal opportunity to fully participate in and benefit from AMDA's unsurpassed performing arts education and diverse community of creative artists. We believe that disability is an integral part of the diversity of experience that fuels creative excellence. Therefore, it is our goal to provide accommodations that remove access barriers and allow every student to reach their fullest potential.

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AMDA is committed to providing an academic environment free from sex discrimination, where all members of the school community are treated with respect and dignity. Sex discrimination includes both sexual and gender based harassment and violence. All members of the AMDA community, including students, employees, and third parties, are protected under this policy.

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AMDA College of the Performing Arts is committed to an environment where open, honest communications are the expectation, not the exception. We want you to feel comfortable communicating instances where you believe violations of policies or standards have occurred.

In situations where you prefer to place an anonymous report in confidence, you are encouraged to use this hotline, hosted by a third party hotline provider, EthicsPoint. You are encouraged to submit reports relating to violations stated in our Code of Conduct, as well as asking for guidance related to policies and procedure and providing positive suggestions and stories.

The information you provide will be sent to us by EthicsPoint in a totally confidential and anonymous basis if you choose.

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