Diversity of ethnicity and status are among the challenges ahead for the London theatre workshops
A Manchester Irish woman, Rachel Brogan, whose Salford TV skills workshop gives young people from less affluent backgrounds a chance to break into TV drama, has been asked to find a way to make London’s theatres more ethnically and socially diverse.
The London Theatre Consortium (LTC) and the MOBO organisation appointed three Executive Fellowships to address the lack of diversity at executive level in UK theatre buildings.
They are Rachel Brogan, Director of The Television Workshop in Salford, Raidene Carter, Head of Creative Programmes at The Albany and Nisha Modhwadia, Senior Producer at Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
The LTC comprises London’s 14 major not for profit theatres; Almeida Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Bush Theatre, Gate Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Greenwich Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Tricycle Theatre, Unicorn Theatre and Young Vic.
The fellows will work alongside LTC for six months so they can eventually qualify for the top jobs in London’s theatres.
Lucy Davies, Executive Producer at the Royal Court Theatre and Chair of LTC said: “All of the LTC theatres are profoundly committed to using our collective power to create opportunity and make change happen. This Fellowship process has enabled us to meet some incredible talent coming through in British theatre and Rachel, Raidene and Nisha are all outstanding leaders in the making. We want them to make change with us, as much as we can make change for them.”
Rachel, who started her career as an actress, and was in her mother Linda Brogan’s play, ‘What’s In The Cat?’ at the Royal Court in 2005, said she was thrilled as she ultimately wants to run a London theatre.