Last week, we made a commitment to tackle the lack of diversity at the Almeida, and we promised to follow that up with some more detail.
But, first. We know this has been a problem for too long. We know we have not programmed enough writers, directors or creators of colour. We know our workforce - at every level - is not representative enough of the broader community which it serves. We’ve been taking steps to change, but we need to do it faster.
To get this right though, we’ll need to listen. We need to listen to a broader range of voices; to our artists, staff and audiences - past, present and future. So, in the first step to make real and lasting change, we want to set up a number of forums for people to share their experiences and ideas, and to help us to find a new way. We want these forums to challenge us, hold us to account, and to put all areas of the organisation under scrutiny.
We will publish more information on these groups and how you can attend in July.
Following this period of consultation, we’ll use the insight we’ve gained to develop and publish a new plan for change as the theatre reopens. This will include tangible and measurable targets and timeframes. We want this to be a blueprint for the Almeida going forward.