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Royal Shakespeare Company creates youth advisory board to assist with future planning

The Royal Shakespeare Company's base in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Photo: Peter Cook The RSC has set up a youth board with 30 individuals aged nine to 18. Photo: Peter Cook
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The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced it has established a 30-strong youth advisory board, which will contribute to the organisation’s overall direction.

It is the first time the RSC has sought the opinions of young people at board level, and has assembled 30 individuals aged nine to 18 from across England. They will report directly to the RSC’s board, which oversees the organisation.

The company said the youth board would be an opportunity for the thousands of young people it works with each year to voice their opinions and ideas, and contribute to the RSC’s vision and planning.

It is intended that some of the youth board members – who will meet at regular intervals – will progress to the RSC’s main board in future.

Director of education Jacqui O’Hanlon said: “We need young people’s voices to be at the heart of what we do. They are the next generation – they need to be heard and we need to ensure their opinions inform decision making about their lives now and in the future.”

It follows calls for more organisations to include young people in the decision-making process and London venue the Roundhouse has previously published a guide to help companies make their boards more representative of the audiences they want to attract.

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The Roundhouse has been recruiting young people to its boards since 2005.

The RSC’s announcement comes as the company also reveals members of its young company – RSC Next Generation ACT – have been cast in a professional RSC production for the first time. They will perform in a touring version of the Merchant of Venice that will visit schools and regional theatres this autumn.

The tour itself will be co-presented with software developer Adobe as part of an education partnership between the two companies that as announced earlier this year.

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