Diversity, Equity, & InclusionPegasus Theatre is dedicated to building a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable space
The DEI Committee members pledge to be better today
than we were yesterday, but not as good as we will be tomorrow.
As champions of Pegasus Theatre’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion endeavors, we commit to the following:
- Provide a safe, inclusive, and respectful working environment where creativity can thrive
- Advocate for and amplify the voices of members of historically underrepresented communities
- Hold ourselves and each other accountable for outward change
Our DEI Leaders
Sheila D. Rose (she/her)
DEI Committee Chair
Sheila has worked in North Texas regional theatre since 2004 and has been associated with Pegasus Theatre for many of those years as an actor, producer, and active member of their operations team. She is also a seasoned professional with 30 years of corporate Human Resources experience, holds a degree in Business from UT-Arlington, is a recent graduate of the Stagen Leadership Academy, and is a certified HR professional with the national Society of Human Resources Management and the Human Resources Certification Institute. With a passion for corporate training, leadership development, and strategic facilitation, she recently became a 3 Vital Questions-Transforming Workplace Drama facilitator through the Bainbridge Leadership Center. Sheila is a proud Latina whose life purpose is to create and to inspire engagement, passion, and joy in people’s lives and she knows the best way to do that is to learn from others, to create safe spaces, and to lift voices. When the executive leadership and the board of Pegasus asked her to assume the strategic leadership of the DEI committee, Sheila was excited for the opportunity to be a part of taking positive steps toward change for the theatre as well as helping to move the needle with the arts community in Dallas. She is humbled by the enthusiasm and determination of the advocates and committee members and looks forward to the growth they will achieve together.
“Without awareness, there is only habit and pattern. With awareness, there is perspective, choice, and responsibility.” – unknown
Diane Michelle (she/her)
Diane may be recognized for her appearance on the prestigious television show Cheaters, but she is also hard at work in the DFW performance community as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Advocate. After jumping into the world of standup in 2013, she expanded to theater as well, performing in shows like The Vagina Monologues, Check Please, and the One Minute Play Festival. Diane also dabbled in hosting online radio shows, toured regionally performing standup with LMAO Productions, and eventually performed with Team Coco from the Conan O’Brien Show. While performing, she also trained with Funniest Comic in Texas winner Aaron Aryanpur and Emmy award winner Dean Lewis. After several years of working in comedy and theater, Diane began to find a passion for teaching and advocating for performers from historically marginalized and underrepresented communities. This drive led to her becoming the first DEI Advocate for a local comedy theater and training center, building a network of student and performer advocates while growing important relationships with DFW organizations that serve diverse populations. Diane eventually went on to receive her Diversity & Inclusion Certificate through Cornell University and is now a proud founder of DEI Does Dallas, providing education and consulting to performing arts and comedy organizations. During this time, she joined Pegasus Theatre as their first DEI Advocate, leading initiatives to diversify the organization, create psychologically and physically safe spaces for artists, and advocate for sustainable change. Moving forward, she is incredibly excited to see the growth of Pegasus and the larger performing arts community through holding folks accountable on both sides of the table, educating arts leaders on equitable auditioning and hiring practices, as well as amplifying voices that need it most. Diane’s favorite superhero is her wife.
Other Committee Members
Robert San Juan
Pegasus Theatre is deeply saddened by the ongoing systemic racism and violence towards those in the black community. We mourn the losses of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more. We stand in solidarity with you in the fight against oppression and racial injustice, as well as prejudice and intolerance of any kind.
We believe the arts should provide a common ground and creative outlet for our local community and our larger communities to come together. Part of the mission of Pegasus Theatre is to enlighten and engage the community, and we ask our creative members, patrons, and staff to join us in educating themselves further in order to help create change where it is so desperately needed. We as a company pledge to continue with our own education and to find ways to promote diversity and inclusion in our productions and in our community.
We hear you.
We stand with you.
Black Lives Matter.
Michael Piper, Board President
Kurt Kleinmann, Artistic Director
Barbara Weinberger, Executive Director
John Harvey, Managing Director
June 3, 2020
Here are resources to help start an educational process, but we encourage everyone to look beyond simply what we’ve left here. We support those of our community who are speaking out and peacefully protesting and every person who is working together to make a change.