It will consider the vital question of why our shared passion for theatrical performance is becoming more and more markedly unrepresentative of the countries and communities in which we live and perform.
More importantly still, the one-day Conference will consider what can be done to effect change, and it will hear from practitioners from the worlds of professional and amateur theatre who have already made a difference.
It is open to all – individuals, theatre groups, Festival organisers and any interested parties – and will be held in the Albany Theatre Studio in Coventry on Saturday July 23, 2022 – the concluding day of this year’s NDFA National Drama Festival which is taking place in the Albany’s Main House.
The Conference will be jointly curated by Penny Amis, Chair of the Side By Side Theatre Company of Leamington Spa, and Anne-marie Greene, who is professor of Diversity and Work at the University of York as well as being Artistic Director of the Criterion Theatre, Coventry, which has put Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of everything they do.
The Conference is supported by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre of Stratford-on-Avon and their Participation Producer, Ian Wainwright, will be attending.
Actors involved in recent Criterion productions of Queers – The Monologues, curated by Mark Gatiss, and The Gift, by Janice Okoh, have also been invited to take part.
Conference tickets, priced £12 each are available from the Albany Theatre
Attendees are requested to provide their own refreshments and lunch.