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Being there at the start of something great is magic. So, we made it our mission.

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MISSION

 To make new theatre, through commissions, development, and production, we empower artists and audiences to engage on the important questions of our time.

VALUES

Integrity

We are committed to safety, compliance with laws and regulations, organizational transparency, and inclusivity for all collaborators and audiences.

Cultivation and Collaboration

We believe that cultivating new work is essential to the practice of theatre. Cultivation of new work demands labor, attention, courage, and care — and most of all, collaboration. We collaborate to serve the vision of the playwright and to nurture a creative process where every participant is both empowered and accountable.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access

We recognize the persistent injustice and inequity for marginalized groups and identities perpetuated by societal, governmental, and cultural structures. We commit ourselves to continuous improvement in diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in our board, staff, and offering. We acknowledge that no statement can stand in for action, and no single action can repair the harms of history — our work for social justice is an abiding endeavor that underlines every aspect of our mission.

Humane and Sustainable Workplace

We value process as much as product, and commit to creating a safe, supportive, and productive space free of bullying, intimidation, physical violence, sexual harassment, or any other form of abuse. We believe in offering grace and restorative justice, but do not tolerate toxicity.

Operational Excellence

We continually strive to adopt and invent best practices to help improve our efficiency and our impact.

Place

We believe our work is inseparable from the place where it grows. We honor and celebrate local character, culture, and history.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the town of Ridgefield exists on the ancestral homelands of the Ramapo, Lenape and Wiechquaesgeck who have been living and working on this land since time immemorial It is important that we express our gratitude and appreciation by understanding the long history that has brought us to this land and seek to understand our place within that history. Truth and acknowledgement of our past is crucial to building mutual respect to connect us once again regardless of barriers of heritage and difference For more information, visit iaismuseum.org.

What’s in a name?

We named Thrown Stone after an allegory by the 17th-century philosopher, Benedict de Spinoza. Opposing Descartes’ conception of free will, he argued that like thrown stones, we are set in motion by “the impulsion of an external cause” and are “necessarily determined by some external cause to exist and operate in a fixed and determinate manner.”

Such a stone, being conscious merely of its own endeavour and not at all indifferent, would believe itself to be completely free, and would think that it continued in motion solely because of its own wish.

This is that human freedom, which all boast that they possess, and which consists solely in the fact, that men are conscious of their own desire, but are ignorant of the causes whereby that desire has been determined.