Thursday, September 21, 2017

Diversity issues at drama schools need to be addressed - THE STAGE

Originally published: September 20, 2017
Publisher: TheStage.co.uk 

It’s true that leading drama schools should be more forthcoming about their black, Asian and minority ethnic staff (Editor’s View, September 14) – and that student diversity can be affected by a lack of role models.

While I am pleased that Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts tops the chart, this is a complex issue: the hammer of a single statistic only bangs in one nail.

Let’s take, for instance, the regional dimension that plays into employment patterns. I have heard that LAMDA’s teaching staff are 95% part-time; ours are nearer 30%. In Liverpool, the level of creative and performing arts professional activity affects the pool from which we can appoint. Other considerations include the varying ethnic patterns in the local population and historical professional engagement patterns – I suspect no school employs anyone without considerable professional experience.