Dundee Rep joins consortium for Parents in Performing Arts

Today, Parents in Performing Arts (PIPA) announces the formation of a new consortium of leading UK theatres and arts organisations who will work together for the first time to support PIPA’s campaign for equal opportunities and access for parents and carers working in the performing arts.

Representing a major new commitment to attract, support and retain a more diverse and flexible workforce, the consortium will back PIPA’s endeavours to bring about sustainable change in attitudes and practices towards those with caring responsibilities.

Led by The Old Vic, the Consortium b rings together a collaborative network of theatre industry bodies and unions including UK Theatre, ITC, One Dance UK, Equity, Spotlight, Actors’ Children’s Trust, Family Arts Campaign as well as Donmar Warehouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Mercury Theatre Colchester, Dundee Rep Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Stellar Quines Theatre Company, National Theatre of Scotland and English Touring Theatre.

Kate Varah, Executive Director of The Old Vic and Chair of PIPA commented:

‘The imperative to create an inclusive, accessible industry which promotes the diversity of our workforce feels more essential now than ever. The Parents in Performing Arts Consortium is engaged in finding a practical and compelling approach to promoting flexible working in the arts. Our aim is that the work of PIPA will have a meaningful and positive impact on the lives of parents and carers working across the performing arts, and on wider perceptions of them doing so. ’

Cassie Chadderton, Head of UK Theatre and Membership Development commented:

‘If the UK’s theatre and performing arts industry is to become representative of our society we need to make it possible for people from all backgrounds to enter and succeed in their career. UK Theatre is looking forward to working with PIPA to find long term, creative strategies to increase access to work for people with caringcommitments.’

Cassie Raine and Anna Ehnold-Danailov, Parents in Performing Arts Cofounders said:

‘This is as much about fathers as it is about mothers or those without children. Equality and access to work is a shared responsibility. We must develop an infrastructure that supports our workforce or we will continue to see inequality and a lack of diversity at every level of this industry. Diversity in the performing arts industry is as multifaceted as the solutions will be and we are taking a practical approach to removing barriers for parents and carers to work. ’

Parents in Performing Arts will work in partnership with organisations, employers and individuals to identify barriers to work for those with caring commitments, developing and implementing long term creative strategies to increase access to work. The commitment of the organisations in this Consortium is reflective of a nationwide desire to make positive change, to create an inclusive, accessible industry, representative of the diversity of our communities.