Should the arts council fund individual artists?

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

Originally published in The Stage, November 2015 The news is good if you work for a small-scale, independent theatre company: Arts Council England wants to support you. You just have to look at the recent winners of the strategic touring grant announced back in September. Paines Plough, with a core staff of only four, was awarded more […]

Small-scale companies offer big rewards for eager students

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

Originally published in The Stage, November 2015 In September, I was invited to speak at the Higher Education and Professional Theatre Conference organised by De Montford University and Curve Theatre. Everything about collaboration between higher education and professional theatres was discussed: from placements to productions, intellectual copyright to reforming university finance departments. Much was rightly made of […]

Why RADA’s gender-equality group leads the way on support

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Blog | No Comments

Originally published in The Stage, November 2015 Women@RADA is a new initiative set up by graduates and staff at RADA, and supported by the drama school, to offer a support system to address gender inequality. It was founded by Melanie Jessop, Natasha Rickman, Rhiannon Oliver and Patricia Myers in September 2014. Rickman and Oliver are actors and RADA […]