MAKE Online launches
A new online community for Black British Artists, by Black British artists
- Sanaa Abstrakt
Talawa Theatre Company has launched MAKE Online: an online community to give Black British theatre artists ownership and agency of their careers. MAKE Online provides a dedicated virtual space for artists at all stages of their careers to encounter each other and to change the shape of British theatre. MAKE Online is available to artists across the UK. Members of the theatre industry are welcome to join and post jobs, commissions, opportunities, castings and more.
“We wanted to address the ‘drop off point’ that often occurs for Black theatre makers. To sustain their careers, artists need strong pathways into to the industry through skill building opportunities, collaborative networks, peer support and access to artistic expertise. As we continue to encourage meaningful and systemic diversity within the industry, MAKE Online will enable proactive peer to peer networking.”
MAKE Online brings artists together – from directors and performers, to writers, makers and beyond – to cultivate relationships with their peers and the wider theatre industry. Artists can register and create a profile, signpost their skills and experience, connect, contact, create and contribute to open discussions, curate and promote events and view these on a map, share resources, or create project specific or interest groups.
MAKE Online acts as a digital wing to our new hub at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, and is also an online extension for the Black community nationwide, reaching beyond our London headquarters.
Introducing MAKE Online
Talawa Theatre Company is the most successful Black theatre company in the UK. We have established a track record of producing work which shines a spotlight on Black artists, creating theatre for diverse audiences across the country. More than fifty productions over our 30-year history have included collaborations; with the Royal Exchange Theatre Guys & Dolls, King Lear (in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre) and All My Sons (Royal Exchange Theatre, UK tour), and new work including Superhoe by Nicôle Lecky (co-production with Royal Court Theatre), Girls by Theresa Ikoko (co-production with Soho Theatre, HighTide) and Half Breed by Natasha Marshall (co-production with Soho Theatre).