Shakespeare’s Globe and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama co-host a two-day symposium exploring one of the most crucial questions in theatre today.
The arts are positioned in a moment of great potential: industry and academic leaders are being held accountable to create more ‘inclusive’ training centres, programmes and venues. However, new questions have revealed a tremendous gap between desired outcomes and practical reality.
Over two days we’ll consider the use of institutional frameworks such as target setting, diversity policies and decolonisation practices, and consider how they might be contributing to – and intervening in – contemporary discourses in the conservatoire and in the professional theatre. How are the Globe and Central specifically working for and against notions of Shakespeare as a monument of white privilege? And how do we all engage meaningfully with professional and student actors in the mandates for inclusivity, diversity and equity in the academy and rehearsal room?
We’re offering a bursary programme for students. It includes a complimentary ticket to the symposium and offers support for transport and food for both days of the event. We evaluate applications for the bursary programme on equitable standards of access. Just call, text or e-mail Symposium Coordinator Michael Norton at (+44) 7513 724431 or at email@example.com to start your application.
Both days of the symposium will be BSL interpreted. If you have any other access requirements, please contact Michael at (+44) 7513 724431 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 12 September
9.45am - 5.00pm
Location: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 62-64 Eton Ave, London NW3 3HY. (How to find us)
Where We Are Now: Race, Theatre and Inclusive Practice in 2019
Chair: Kaleya Baxe (Student, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)
Unlimited Access: Decolonising Auditions and Admissions
Chair: Jamie Wheeler (Student, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)
Meeting the Student: Cultural Identity and Sensitivity in Actor Training
Chair: Dr. Jessica Hartley (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)
Friday 13 September
10.00am - 4.00pm
Location: Shakespeare’s Globe (Getting to the Globe)
Seeing the Actor: Casting Consciously in the Professional Theatre
Chair: Professor Sonia Maasai (King’s College London)
Reading the Room: Caring for Actors on a Diversely Cast Production
Chaired by Dr Farah Karim-Cooper
Destabilising the Monuments to White Privilege: Twenty-first Century Actor Training
Chair: Dr. Sylvan Baker (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)
The booking link will take you to the Globe's website.
12 Sep 2019 - 10:00am to 13 Sep 2019 - 4:00pm