Our Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman responds to the Arts Council England 2019-20 report 'Equality, Diversity and the Creative Case'.
In our thinking and action-planning around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion from 2018 onwards the RSC prioritised four themes; representation of previously underrepresented groups, on stage and in other visible roles, talent development, improving data collection and developing our permanent workforce. Whilst we are proud of the consistent diversity of our acting companies and creative teams, have made important strides in developing diverse talent with our national theatre partners, and have seen an improved response rate in our data, we now recognise that these priorities were not enough by themselves.
In the wake of the killing of George Floyd last year and time spent listening to colleagues across our workforce, we are now investing care and resources into ensuring the RSC is a safe place to work in which everyone can thrive without fear of discrimination. To this end we have engaged Race Reflections to deliver anti-racism training and to work with us to interrogate and rethink our approach. We continue to strive to be representative of the population of the UK, and we are pleased to have made progress in diversifying our Board in recent months, but we recognise there is much more to do. In particular we need to diversify the voices at senior leadership level, to review and rethink our accountability frameworks, and to provide meaningful support to colleagues living with the effects of racism and discrimination.
As ever we welcome the publication of data in the interests of transparency and of acknowledging how much more needs to be done across our sector. We are mindful that data is only part of the story, and true and trusted inclusion is just as important.
RSC Deputy Artistic Director