Ford’s Theatre Society Announces Teela Foxworth as Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Fords Theatre Washington DC

Washington, D.C. — Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today
announced the hiring of Teela Foxworth as Director, Equity, Diversity,
and Inclusion. She joined the senior leadership of Ford’s Theatre on
February 21.

“I am thrilled to have Teela on the Ford’s Theatre leadership
team” said Ford’s Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault. “Her
background in EDI consulting and education will usher forth an approach
to Ford’s EDI work that is rooted in empathy and understanding. She
brings an invaluable perspective to our robust senior leadership and
staff that will enhance Ford’s mission, outreach, programming and
commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.”

As Director, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Foxworth will continue the
company’s anti-racism and inclusion efforts by updating and
standardizing practices in human resources and onboarding materials;
collaborate with the marketing and production staff to support
diversifying audience development, and receiving and reviewing EDI
recommendations and offer training and support.

About Teela Foxworth
Teela Foxworth will be joining the Ford’s Theatre team as Director,
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Most recently, as the founder of
Foxworth Facilitations [5], Teela has been serving in the D.C. area as
an EDI consultant. She is noted by clients as “attentive, thoughtful,
and passionate” and “top-notch as a facilitator and educator”
through her training, coaching, and facilitation. Prior to consulting,
Teela served as Department Chair of Humanities and as a Professor of
Social Sciences and Ethnic Studies with Portland Community College in
Oregon. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Teela had a 12-year
teaching career, where she used her background in communication to
instruct and help many navigate challenging, uncomfortable, and unique
subjects to achieve understanding and empathy. She believes that
education, conversation, and empathy can change communities to be more
inclusive spaces for all.

Ford’s Theatre Society
One of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital, Ford’s
Theatre reopened its doors in 1968, more than a hundred years after the
the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Operated through a
the partnership between Ford’s Theatre Society and the National Park
Service, Ford’s Theatre is the premier destination in the nation’s
capital to explore and celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s life and legacy.

Ford’s Theatre Society was founded under the guidance of executive
producer Frankie Hewitt, who, during her 35-year tenure, established
Ford’s as a living, working theatre producing performances that
highlighted the diversity of the American experience. Since the arrival
of Paul R. Tetreault as Director, critic, and the theatre-going public
have recognized Ford for the superior quality of its artistic
programming. With works from the Tony-nominated Come From Away and the
nationally acclaimed Big River, to the world premieres of Grace, Meet
John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Liberty Smith, Necessary
Sacrifices, The Widow Lincoln and The Guard, Ford’s Theatre is making
its mark on the American theatre landscape. Under the current leadership
of Board of Trustees Chairman Phebe N. Novakovic and through the lens of
Lincoln’s leadership and legacy, Ford’s today endeavors to advance
Lincoln’s “unfinished work” with programs and performances that
cultivate empathy, encourage dialogue and bridge divides in American
life.

For more information on Ford’s Theatre and the Ford’s Theatre
Society, please visit www.fords.org [6].

Ford’s Theatre on Instagram: @fordstheatre [7]
Ford’s Theatre on Facebook: @fordstheatre [8]
Ford’s Theatre on TikTok: @fordstheatredc [9]
Ford’s Education on Twitter: @fordsedu [10]
Website: www.fords.org [11]

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