We had a really great focus group in London exploring diversity in theatre and role models, and now we are looking for young adults in Leicester to take part.
Where am I? BAME role models and leaders in the performing arts explores workforce diversity in theatre. People of black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds are under-represented in the cultural industries workforce. How would theatre change if what takes place on and off our stages reflects our society? How important are role models? Do we need to see ourselves reflected in our role models?
I am looking for young adults, from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, aged 18 – 22 who have an interest in theatre and the performing arts to be involved in a focus group for a research project that I am leading. The focus group will take place on Monday 5th December from 4.30 – 6pm at Curve Theatre, Leicester.
I myself am Asian Theatre Director ( I used to run the Asian Youth Theatre at Leicester Haymarket). I lead Maya Productions, a company making diverse theatre to create change, socially, politically and culturally. Maya want to change what take place on our stages. We get excited by stories that don’t often get told and by finding new ways of telling them. We want a wide range of people represented in the arts. We create plays, support artists and run participation projects. You can find out more about us at www.mayaproductions.co.uk
Where Am I? is academic research but it really connects with the work that we do at Maya to encourage role models in theatre that come from diverse backgrounds. I really want to get the views, thoughts and opinions of young adults in Leicester – on what theatre means to them now – and for the future! This is an opportunity to informally and anonymously discuss and contribute to changes in theatre.
Participation is voluntary. If you are interested in attending the group then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org