COMMON GROUND:

CAREER PROGRESSION AS A WORKING-CLASS ARTIST FROM a BLACK, asian or minority ethnic background

 

THURSDAY 24th MAY: 7PM - 10PM

ARCOLA THEATRE

 
         Photography Credit: Savannah Photographic ( http://www.savannahphotographic.com/ )

        Photography Credit: Savannah Photographic (http://www.savannahphotographic.com/)

 

COMMON GROUND is our inaugural initiative, where working-class artists in regions across the country are invited to take part in a supportive, group discussion to share the barriers they face when building careers in theatre.

We are working with the Arcola Theatre to deliver a COMMON GROUND discussion specifically exploring career progression as a working-class artist from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background, and the relationship between class, race and ethnicity in the theatre industry, exclusively aimed at artists from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds who self-identify as working-class.

In the discussion, we will explore barriers to career progression which could be directly linked to the combination of your socio-economic status, race and/or ethnicity, and based on the barriers that are shared, will ask for your direct suggestions of opportunities and support services which could be created to help artists overcome them.

We then aim to collaborate with established theatres and arts organisations across the UK to further develop and trial the opportunities which are suggested, with the aim of supporting the sustained career development of working-class artists nationwide.

 

Through delivering COMMON GROUND events across the UK, we are gathering information which is crucial to increasing our understanding of the barriers that artists from intersectional, working-class backgrounds face, and what interventions need to be made in the industry to help remove them.

This COMMON GROUND discussion is specifically aimed at working-class* artists from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds who self-identify as working-class, offering a platform for artists to come together and discuss the barriers to career progression they face due to the combination of their class, race and/or ethnicity.

The discussion is open to working-class artists from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds across all disciplines and in all stages of their careers, including but not limited to: movement directors, lighting designers, dramaturgs, theatre directors, producers, writers, set designers, costume designers, composers, sound designers and theatre-makers.

 

*Due to the complexities surrounding the measurement of socio-economic diversity in British theatre, we currently use the term 'working-class' to describe artists who confidently self-identify as being from working-class backgrounds, which includes those who have a family history of social, economic and financial disadvantage.

Please do not attend this event if you do not confidently self-identify as a working-class artist from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds. There will be opportunities to join the conversation and support the cause of working-class diversity in theatre as an ally at a later date.

 

7pm - 10pm
THURSDAY 24th MAY 2018

arcola theatre

Generously supported by
the arcola theatre

 

This event is wheelchair-accessible, baby/child friendly and inclusive of working-class artists from intersectional backgrounds across race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, gender binaries and disabilities.

Please contact us on david@commontheatre.co.uk in advance of the discussion if you have any specific requirements, questions or access needs.