Equity ARC 2017: Offstage career awareness campaign to promote diversity
A new careers awareness campaign will be launched to champion non-performing roles within the entertainment industry.
The campaign will be run by Equity, after a motion was passed at the union’s Annual Representative Conference.
Highlighting the contribution of non-performers such as stage managers, directors and designers, the campaign will aim to make people working in such roles “visible and valued”.
Alex Burke, from Equity’s stage management committee, said: “I am lucky to be a stage manager, because my parents were very supportive of using art and drama in the same way as maths, science and engineering.
“I’m lucky I went to a school that had the same values, and at 18 I was at a sixth-form college where I met somebody who was a technical stage manager for my college theatre and said to me: ‘This could be your job.’
“If somebody like me, from an affluent background, from a white, middle-class family, didn’t know anything about non-performing careers, then how can the rest of our children, especially in the current state of education, know anything about it either?”
She added: “We hear a lot, and rightly so, about black and ethnic minority performers being represented on stage and screen, which is fantastic, but what we don’t hear about is the non-performers. We don’t hear much about directors, writers and particularly stage managers.
“It’s really important these people come from the same kind of backgrounds as reflect our communities.”