Talawa Workforce and Board Profile
We support calls for transparency about the structures within the world of theatre, especially in light of the questions raised by Black Lives Matter.
With that in mind, we have published an initial set of statistics below.
There is rightly discussion about what theatre looks like, who key decision makers are, and how this affects and influences their work. Our workforce profile is created using stats from our ACE NPO Survey and uses their categories.
5th August 2020
The representative image below uses data provided to us by our Staff team and Board members. The data data was collected by sending anonymous surveys to our Staff team and Board members.
- The categories and the data used in the image below are drawn from Talawa's Arts Council's NPO Survey
- The surveys were anonymous and all data was gathered in line with Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR principles it enshrines
- We acknowledge there are gaps in our current data collection, especially in terms of data from Freelancers and Volunteers, and we have introduced a better system of collecting this data consistently. We are currently surveying these cohorts. Anecdotally, we can confirm that of these groups, more than 70% report as Black African or Black Caribbean
The data presented below is accurate at the date of publication, 5th August 2020.
Since creation in 1986, Talawa has always been a Black-led organisation.
Things were done differently then. We've evolved as the world around us has. Our values endure. We remain a Black-led organisation.
There are many ways to get involved with Talawa - as a writer, theatre maker, facilitator or creative.
For more than 34 years Talawa has been breaking down barriers and providing opportunities for Black artists throughout the UK. We have done this by actively listening to, developing and supporting Black people at all stages of their creative careers, and equipping our artists with the skills and tools necessary to navigate an often prejudiced world. It is why we are the nation’s primary Black-led theatre company. We continue to take ground-breaking steps towards tackling social and racial injustice.