A new group has been set up to provide a safe space for drama school students and graduates to share their experiences of racism.
Called Unity - Drama Schools Standing Up Against Racism, the Facebook group already has more than 9,000 members.
It was founded to give black and minority ethnic students a space to share personal stories about racism and to allow white students to learn about their experiences.
The platform will also be used to promote charities, mental health resources and funding initiatives that support black and minority ethnic students to access drama training.
It is managed by a group of 10 students and graduates from different drama schools, including Simrita Khela, who is currently training at Fourth Monkey in London, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama graduate Abbie Hern and Rose Bruford College graduate Darius McFarlane.
They will monitor the group and said they are also recording complaints that students have sent to drama schools and are tracking their progress.
They are currently working full time to manage comments and organise the group, and are seeking sponsorship to continue their work.
Khela said: “Racism is a huge problem within our industry and is not something we can tackle overnight.
Khela added: "Social media is a great tool for a direct connection to larger audiences, which is why as an admin team we use this platform to offer a voice for black [actors] and other ethnic minorities to share their personal stories they have experienced at drama school.
"This enables us to educate other members who may not have experienced racism and create a humanising discussion in a safe way.”
Hern said: "During this movement we can share our experiences and take action altogether as a collective industry.
"Rather than comparing drama schools on which school is less diverse than the other [we are] battling the problem as whole."
McFarlane said he wished he had access to a group like this before going to drama school.
He added: "There’s also a key community aspect, where we are able to speak our minds as black people and ethnic minorities alike, without the judgement or strain of white privilege shrouding our words.
"For me, and hopefully for all of us, there’s a proud feeling behind all of this, a feeling of giving people the ability to speak out and be confident."
The group’s other admins include Elle Lee, Lydia Mary, Christina Ngoyi, Eden Louise Maye, Kay Nicholson, Chanel Mckenzie and Yasmin Jenkins.
Among its 9,000-strong membership, a poll revealed that the group has more than 300 members who are students or graduates from Guildford School of Acting and 300 from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, while it also has 200 members each from Italia Conti, East 15, Central School of Speech and Drama and Urdang Academy.