Diversity School in the press

THE STAGE: RADA and Mountview among five drama schools to sign diversity contracts

March 02, 2018

Five of the UK’s leading drama schools including RADA and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts have signed up to a three-year contract, committing them to improve diversity in their institutions.

THE STAGE: Theatre will be hideously irrelevant if it doesn’t fund greater diversity

December 05, 2017

A year after the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation declared British theatre to be ‘hideously white’, one of the co-writers of the Centre Stage report, Danuta Kean, assesses what progress has been made within the industry in that time

THE STAGE: ‘Woeful’ lack of diversity revealed among drama school teachers

September 13, 2017

Only 6% of teachers at the UK’s leading drama schools come from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, research by The Stage has revealed...

BBC Radio 4 (World at One): Steven Kavuma

August 09, 2017

THE STAGE: Why LAMDA’s £28 million extension is making jaws drop

July 09, 2017

By coincidence, on the same day as LAMDA’s press launch, RADA hosted an event for the Diversity School Initiative, designed to promote the recruitment of students from minority groups into drama training. In a recent survey LAMDA did rather better than most of the more famous conservatoires with more than 20% of students from BAME backgrounds.

THE STAGE: Labour MP Tracy Brabin: ‘Schools can’t afford theatre’

June 14, 2017

Improving theatre in education and forging more robust links between secondary schools and higher education will be key to diversifying drama school applicants, arts leaders have claimed.

BBC RADIO 4: Today programme

June 13, 2017

Listen to the Today programme presenters talk with David Oyelowo about The Diversity School Initiative and the lack of diversity in the film and theatre industries, both in the UK and Hollywood. 

THE STAGE: How to… survive as a working-class actor

June 12, 2017

They say it’s not what you know, but who you know. Coming from a working-class background, the chances are family names and connections won’t be getting you work. Running classes, joining acting cooperatives and seeing lots of shows are great ways to network, meet people and get your name out there.

THE STAGE: East 15 heads diversity league table of top drama schools

May 03, 2017

The research was carried out by The Stage after a group of drama school students set up a campaign called The Diversity School Initiative to ‘name and shame’ schools that are not doing enough to increase diversity.

RCS: Diversity School Initiative

April 20, 2017

The unveiling of the Diversity Schools Initiative – a new student-led campaign group challenging the lack of diversity in UK drama schools – is both welcome and timely.

Following on the heels of the recent Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation report criticising the UK theatre industry for being “hideously white”

THE STAGE: Student campaign to ‘name and shame’ schools without diversity

April 18, 2017

A group of drama students has set up a campaign to address the lack of diversity in UK drama schools.

The Diversity School Initiative aims to hold schools accountable for their decisions concerning diversity and seeks to support students who feel under-represented.

AFRIDIZIAK: The Diversity School Initiative

November 28, 2016

The Diversity School Initiative was born out of a clear lack of diversity in drama schools, both in their student body and their staffing – this is then reflected in the industry and we want to change that.


The Diversity School Initiative will be looking at challenging our institutions to be more diverse, more accessible and more representative of all people in society, we want there to be an industry that is representative.

HUFFPOST: Let’s Stop Our Drama Schools Playing Lip Service When It Comes To Diversity

September 04, 2016

We all watch TV, we all watch films, we listen to music and many of us may go to see a live show but how many of us notice the lack of diversity in our Creative Industries?

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