The Diversity School Initiative have appointed three new directors who we are passing the baton onto. These new directors will be taking over the DSI and will be connecting and supporting with students across to the UK in brining about better inclusivity for all.
Samuel Brewer is a graduate from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s BA (Hons) Acting (Collaborative and Devised Theatre). He is blind and comes from a perspective on discrimination faced by Disabled People.
He is an Actor/Theatre maker and an activist. Before commencing his training at Central he was part of many different grassroots activist organisations that combated issues of ableism /classism /racism /sexism / homophobia and other oppressive, abusive behaviours that many marginalised people experience.
He’s really excited to continue the good work that has been done by Maame, Mumba and Steven and hopes that his experiences can help develop the organisation further and keep on pushing for more equitable practise and structural change within drama schools and the industry at large. He also really, really really likes jokes.
I’ve always been a creative person who enjoys using different mediums within the arts to educate people.
During my time at LAMDA I’ve been able to use the institution as an outlet to invest and take ownership of my work combining hidden truths, fluidity of the body, through facts and politics or as I like to call it “unapologetic theatre”.
Alongside training I set up #TheBAMEeffect which is a platform to bridge the gap between drama school and the industry for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students through panel discussions and open mics.
I’ve always been an activist and I think that’s what led me to this job. It combines a multitude of many things I’m passionate about.
SARA ANIQAH MALIK
Sara Aniqah Malik is a director and writer making art that is political, bold, and unflinching in its activism. Her work is actively anti-racist and seeks to interrogate the structures of the world around us.
Sara trained as a director at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, is the current Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse, and is an Associate Director at the Watermill Theatre. Her writing and directing debut,
Salaam, explored modern day Islamophobia and gendered violence in London, drawing on her own experiences and interviews with over twenty Muslim women.
Sara established the Anti-Racism Taskforce at the Donmar in order to engage with theatre-wide anti-racism work, centring the voices of people of colour in the organisation.
She also started a mentoring scheme with Boomsatsuma in Bristol for students from underprivileged backgrounds. Having extensively engaged with anti-racism work at the Old Vic during her training, she is thrilled to be working with Leanne and Sam to support and care for current students. She is deeply passionate about diversifying drama schools and is committed to holding institutions to account.