The Diversity School Initiative was set up to address under-representation and diversity in UK drama schools.
We want to help hold drama schools accountable for their decisions concerning diversity and to support students who report feeling underrepresented at drama schools. We believe that everyone should be given a fair and equal opportunity to train, to learn, to experiment and to fulfil their potential regardless of gender, ability, ethnicity, social status, nationality, faith, sexuality or sexual orientation. The creative arts industry as we know it today does not currently reflect the diversity of the UK.
As members of The Diversity School Initiative, we will challenge UK Drama Schools to develop a more inclusive curriculum, faculty and student body, in order to be more reflective of the world around us. As well as this, we will support students affected by these issues by providing a mentorship scheme and a network.
We thank the people below for their time and advice, we appreciate their support:
Daniel York (Actor, writer); Dawn Walton (Artistic Director of Eclipse Theatre Company); Dr. Jami Rogers (Honorary Fellow and Research Assistant, Multicultural Shakespeare); Dr. Sylvan Baker (Applied Arts Researcher, Lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Queen Mary, University of London); Dr. Tom Cornford (Theatre academic, Lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama); Hamida Ali (Equalities and Diversity Organiser at Equity); Kaite O'Reilly (Playwright); Prasanna Puwanarajah (Actor, Director, Writer); Sam Curtis Lindsay (Co-Director at Hackney Showroom); Steve Medlin (Senior Wac Arts Coordinator/ Head of Drama)
Photography by Emma Gray