Former members of Equity’s Race Equality Committee have set up a new consultancy that will advise drama schools on how to support black and ethnic minority students.
Confirmed members of the Race Equality Consultants group are Irvine Iqbal, Jassa Ahluwalia, Matt Lim, Julie Cheung-Inhin, Daniel York Loh and Rebecca Boey, all of whom were on the Equity committee, as well as Michelle Chantelle Hopewell.
The launch of the consultancy follows the resignation of the entire Race Equality Committee – formerly known as the Ethnic Minority Members Committee – in March in protest at the union’s decision to issue an apology to actor Laurence Fox following a race row.
Lim said: "Our main purpose is to advise drama schools on how to support their black and minority ethnic student and staff bodies.
"Many of these institutions have publicly come under fire recently. However, we are not here to point fingers, but rather to work together to affect positive, meaningful and lasting change."
Lim added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for drama schools around the UK to demonstrate their commitment and support to their current and prospective students of colour.
"It is vital and urgent to set the standards of good and sustainable anti-racist practice from the ground-level up."
The organisation will charge a rate for its consultancy services, with drama schools advised to get in touch to discuss their needs.
Further information on Race Equality Consultants will be made available on the organisation’s website, which is launching at 6pm on July 1.