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Equity and Actors Centre forge new relationship to provide mental health support for performers

Actor Abiola Ogunbiyi, Maureen Beattie (incoming President of Equity) and Joel Fisher (Creative Producer of the Actors Centre) Actor Abiola Ogunbiyi, Maureen Beattie (incoming President of Equity) and Joel Fisher (Creative Producer of the Actors Centre)
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Union Equity and the Actors Centre in London have announced a new partnership to boost the mental health and development support they offer performers.

The first initiative will be free drop-in sessions hosted at the Actors Centre, where performers can discuss bullying, harassment and mental health concerns one-on-one with a trained professional.

These sessions will take place monthly, beginning on July 10.

Malcolm Sinclair, outgoing president of Equity, said: “Equity is delighted to be entering into a new agreement and consolidating our relationship with the Actors Centre.

“The union and our members were instrumental in the founding of the centre and the need for the provision of high-quality professional development for actors has never been greater.”

Joel Fisher, creative producer of the Actors Centre, said: “It has been great to work closely with Equity’s brilliant staff and council to come up with an agreement that reflects the strength of our relationship and the synergy between our goals.

“We are really looking forward to rolling out some vital initiatives in the coming years.”

Further initiatives from the partnership, which will focus on mental health, self-development for actors and equality, are to be announced.

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