STAGE A CHANGE is a group of theatre professionals who believe that all performers, regardless of race or colour, should have the opportunity to pursue a career in the performing arts. Our goal is to create more professional performance opportunities for actors of colour throughout Australia – we are changing the faces of theatre.
Stage A Change will produce a training program to help secondary education students discover the arts as a career. A rotating roster of directors, acting coaches, music directors, choreographers, agents etc. will facilitate these workshop style classes and professional actors will supplement training by engaging with students. Through this elite training program, aspiring artists who have been underserved by traditional training programs can begin to learn the skills necessary to be competitive in auditions at a professional standard.
We will continue to facilitate discussion and action with industry stakeholders to create ground-breaking industry standards with regard to sourcing and casting actors of colour. These efforts will also lead to more actors of colour being cast in ethnically open roles. Through open, candid discussion, we hope to help casting directors, artistic directors, producers, and creatives articulate the difficulties in ethnic casting and find solutions that result in truly authentic representations on stage.
By organically engaging culturally diverse communities, over time we can develop a new audience who are excited to see their stories told onstage. The first steps are to create ongoing discussions and experiences that welcome a new audience into live theatre and the accessibility of the arts as a career. Once we remove the barriers preventing access, Stage A Change will work within under-represented communities to learn how to best serve their stories on stage.
Funding for the 2018 programming was made possible by the Equity Innovation Grant.
Stage A Change would like to thank the following individuals for their generous support.
W Jack Dunstan
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