Ripples and Reflections from the Theatre Diversity Initiative (2012-2015)

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Reuniting some of the participants involved in the Theatre Diversity Initiative (2012-2015), which saw a Theatre Diversity Associate work between three collaborating organisations to increase engagement with CALD artists and their work, this conversation reflects on this important pilot project: what have we learned? What is the ongoing ripple effect across Queensland stages and beyond?

Key Points (Updated Live)

  • The theatre diversity initiative tried to address underrepresentation in Queensland stages and how companies worked with diverse artists.

  • The initiative saw a significant shift in programming regarding diversity.

  • They discovered there was no one method or strategy to include diversity. Strategies are site specific and unique to companies.

  • They discovered there was no one method or strategy to include diversity. Strategies are site specific and unique to companies.

  • How can we create space in core funding to support new diverse works within state companies?

  • Who is making the decisions around diversity and how can we shift that? How can we introduce diversity in all areas of theatre (eg, front of house, performers, theatre makers, administration)?

  • Now the role of theatre diversity associate is gone, diverse artists feel alone and lost.

  • What will happen now the funding for the initiative is over? How do we continue to support diversity without funding for initiatives?