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changing the faces of theatre

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.

Three Spoke Plan

Training

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.

Industry Standards

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.

Community Engagement

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.

2017
Stage A Change was founded
2018
Diversity in Theatre Workshop series
2019
Theatre Diversity Consultancy
2020
Theatre Industry Engagement
2020 - 2021 INITIATIVES
With the arts world at intermission, awaiting the release from Covid-19 restrictions, we are uniquely situated to use this time to deep dive into the policies and practices of arts organisations and as a community, set actionable goals to update our best practices, driving us towards a more inclusive industry collectively.
THE SHOW

A monthly live stream, The Show is a Friday night chat with industry insiders to discuss all things theatre, diversity and action. Cessalee Stovall hosts the show, opening up the conversion about the state of our industry, what we've seen and heard, and what you, the listener, can do to Stage a Change for good! And you might even catch a bit of goss …you never know. Follow our Facebook page for past episodes and upcoming dates.

THE SURVEY

We are gathering data to form a snapshot of the current industry mindset in relation to diversity and inclusion. Our attitudinal survey will help us understand the way creatives, performers and audience members understand and relate to diversity in the theatre. By using this data as a baseline, we'll be able to measure the effects of our work and continue to focus our efforts in the areas that require improvement. The survey can be accessed here

THE PLAN

In 2019 and 2020, Stage A Change has offered bespoke diversity trainings and workshops. In 2020-2021, we will engage with theatre companies across Australia, offering support to build their company Diversity, Inclusion & Equity plans. We offer three levels of engagement: Introduction, Executiion and Evaluation. We are excited to work with large and small organisations to create their customised Plan, driving actions that result in change.

THE ACCESS

Off the success of our 2018 program, a joint venture with VCA, we will welcome another cohort into the Diversity in Theatre Training program in 2021. Open to aspiring artists ages 13 - 19, our goal is to extend the program to a 12 week program, engaging at least 50% BIPOC teaching artists during the program. Because part of our mission is to create professional opportunities, we will ensure that all teaching artists and staff are paid an industry-standard wage.

Partners and Sponsors

Funding for the 2018 programming was made possible by the Equity Innovation Grant.

Victorian College of the Arts

Stage A Change would like to thank our 2018-2019 corporate sponsors.

Ministry of Dance
Stage Art
School Of Rock
TAFTA

Stage A Change would like to thank the following individuals for their generous support.

Scott Symes

Samuel Gaskin

Robbie Carmellotti

Marcos Hasiotis

W Jack Dunstan

Valerie Harmon

Mick Battista

Jodi Rosenthal

Wade Kelly

Kim Ho

Kate MacDonald

Ruthi Hambling

Mark Pritchard

Robbie Carmellotti

Jeremy Rice

Bali Padda

Natalie Alexopoulos

Kieran McGrath

Sam Ward

Emily Engeman

Dayton Tavares

Interested in becoming a partner or sponsor? Email: sponsors@stageachange.org

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CONTACT

We'd love to hear from you!

Melbourne, VIC
Phone: 0434153352
Email: hello@stageachange.org