An annual platform that puts the spotlight on men’s mental health in the arts is being launched by Olivier award-winner Natasha Cox.
Cox, who won the award for Jerry Springer the Opera, has also previously worked as creative learning director at theatre company Selladoor.
She has set up a community interest company, called Actively Seeking…, with the aim of providing “professional, personal and emotional development” to people in the arts who are seeking employment or training.
Actively Seeking… will run various events and workshops throughout the year.
The first of these will be a panel discussion and Q&A around men’s mental health at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End on September 10.
Called On The Brink… Of Stardom, it will be an annual event that aims to “reduce the stigma and silence” surrounding the issue of men’s mental health.
The panel will feature actor Michael Brandon, dancer and spoken word artist Jonzi D and actor Ricky Norwood. There will also be a representative from the Samaritans.
Actively Seeking… has received sponsorship from Ambassador Theatre Group and Matthew Townshend Productions, and will be looking for further investment.
Annual Women’s Day event Breaking the Glass Ceiling, which was set up by Cox four years ago to share stories of women in the industry who have overcome adversity, will also now be run by Actively Seeking…
Cox said: “As performers, we are always actively seeking work. We’re always looking for the next opportunity.
“That’s where the vision and the name for the company came from. We will use the platform of the creative arts to provide opportunities for personal, professional and emotional development for those within the creative industries.”