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Monday 11th May 15


•The D Word

Date

Monday 11th May 15

Time

11am - 6pm

Venue

Unicorn Theatre
147 Tooley Street
Southwark
London
SE1 2HZ


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Key Info

  • New possibilities for cultural diversity within London's theatre and live art scene.
  • Suite of talks, discussions and interaction with visionaries, thinkers & do-ers.
  • A sector-led, thought-provoking and exciting blend of ideas - with inspirational presentations and brilliant conversation.

The 'D' Word

A nitroBEAT and Barbican event in association with the Unicorn theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Soho Theatre, In Between Time, Tamasha and Tricycle Theatre. The 'D' Word was a dynamic antidote for 'diversity issues fatigue' that aimed to re-ignite conversations that build and sustain excellence and cultural diversity within theatre and live art.

This daylong event brought together artists, arts organisations, policy makers and funders to share ideas and develop ways to collaborate that support creative voices which truly reflect London's diverse talent and audiences.

Live & Online

Live: A suite of short, carefully prepared rigorous and informed talks by innovators and influencers; discussions in small groups that were idea-focused to provoke conversations that matter; informal networking and future visioning.

Online: Live reporting via social media and an accessible video resource of all the talks available below.

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Presenters

  • Sharnita K Athwal - CEO of Shaanti 11
  • Nwando Ebizie - Performance Artist, Musician, Producer, DJ
  • Joon Lynn Goh - Senior Producer for In Between Time
  • Gaylene Gould - Writer, Coach and Presenter
  • Fin Kennedy - Co-Artistic Director, Tamasha
  • Kerry Michael - Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Stratford East.
  • Vjay Patel - Performance Artist
  • Heather Rabbatts - CBE
  • Paulette Randall - Theatre Director 

Key Questions

  • How do we collectively develop enhanced infrastructure and opportunity for culturally diverse artists to make and present work in London's spaces?
  • Defining 'diversity' in a globally connected world in which race & identity is complex - do existing labels and categories need re-thinking?
  • How do we encourage shared regular learning and good practise across the sector to include policy makers, commissioners, programmers, and employers as well as artists and arts organisations?
  • How do we generate a paradigm shift in both quality and understanding of what is required to support the work and share it with audiences?

Partner / Supporter Links

Arts Council England, Barbican, Unicorn Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Soho Theatre, In Between Time, Tamasha, Tricycle Theatre

•Talks

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•Paulette Randall

Associate Director

Diversity isn’t a dirty word - but could there be a better one?

Now is the time to celebrate all that makes us unique, creative, and amazing. There is no room for fear, as that is the energy that holds us all back from fulfilling our true potential and then some! Worried about what word to use and when? Let us get rid of the ones that don't work and possibly create new ones. Whatever we decide let this not be the obstacle we put in our own way.

•Sharnita K Athwal

CEO of Shaanti 11

Digital Engagement: Removing obstacles and adapting to opportunities

Instead of looking to assimilate, many British Asians have discovered that Britain has not become the melting pot it once aspired to be and have fought to maintain cultural and creative integrity on their own terms. The music industry builds artists, fans and followers across traditional divides by using the full potential of online and digital media. This is where the underground converges with the popular. Are London theatres missing out? With a diverse population on their doorstep and just a click or two away – discovering new talent and engaging audiences is more exciting, accessible and economically necessary than ever before.

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•Fin Kennedy

Co-Artistic Director, Tamasha

Recipe for change: How to diversify new British theatre

From Shakespeare onwards, new theatre writing tends to have been dominated by the white, male playwright. White, male playwrights can and regularly do write great plays. But, given that the decisions of this key creative role largely dictate what ends up on our stages, might diversifying this pool of professionals in an organised and strategic way lead to a sea change in diversity on stage and bring with it new, diverse audiences?

Fin Kennedy, is a white, male playwright who has had an unusually diverse journey through East London schools and innovative schemes such as the Adopt-a-Playwright award.

•Nwando Ebizie

Performance artist, musician, producer, DJ

Lightning Talk

Artist Nwando Ebize of Mas Productions offers an insight into her current performance; The Passion of Lady Vendredi, through a performative presentation.

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•Vijay Patel

Performance Artist

Lightning Talk
Performance Artist Vijay Patel discusses his work and future plans. 

•Joon Lynn Goh

Senior Producer for In Between Time

Producing with a live art embrace

Live Art is a potent site of expression, exploring the edges and overlaps of artform and identity. Embracing both the outsider and the uncategorisable, Live Art demonstrates an alternative attitude towards diversity. Joon Lynn Goh will share how Live Art acts as a cultural strategy, asking artists and producers to question: How do we reclaim representation? How do we create space to hold challenging questions and how do we shape the role of art?

•Kerry Michael

Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Stratford East

Time for positive action

Positive action isn’t about quotas or special treatment, it describes a process of creating opportunities and an even playing field where talent and ability can flourish without barriers. Imagine a sector in which actions unlock an inclusive, equal, energised and progressive arts community enriched by positive language, debate, power and celebration. Kerry will present new ideas and build on the good practice of others to explore how the world-class reputation of performing arts in London can become as diverse as the city itself.

•Gaylene Gould

Writer, Coach and Presenter

Learning to love differently
There is rarely talk of love in diversity discussions and yet culture is all about love - what we love, why and with whom. For those working in cultural diversity-focused positions, there is often the distinct sense of being loved less. For organisations intent on widening their cultural gamut, they face learning how to love differently and in different ways. Gaylene will discuss ways to better practise loving ourselves and others in the cultural sphere.

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•Heather Rabbatts

Catalyst for change

Heather Rabbatts will speak on leading change in the most demanding of environments, attracting and retaining talent and increasing workplace diversity. She draws on her extensive experiences to show that through hard work and determination you can achieve your ambitions. Her outstanding leadership skills have been widely reported in the national press, and are testimony to her clear sense of vision and ability to effect real change within large organisations.

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•Profiles

Sharnita K Athwal is the CEO of Shaanti 11, a music development company, which delivers events and development for British Asians artists. She is also the Artistic Director of the Eastern Electronic Festival - a month long new music festival in Birmingham, now in it's third year.

Sharnita was the first female judge at the UK Asian Music Awards. She is the founder of Shaanti TV, Music Supervisor for the Multi-Award winning independent film 'Karma Cartel' and a DJ on digital radio stations in Germany, UK and India.

She was included in the inaugural Cultural Leadership Programme 'Women to Watch' list, which profiled 50 female leaders, directors, producers and curators from across the UK 2010, and as Birmingham's New Beat-Generation "Inspirational Leaders", by Birmingham City Council in 2013. Her charity work includes chairing 'British Asian Women in Music', a platform for equal rights, change and empowerment.

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Henry Bonsu is a broadcaster and conference host of Ghanaian-British origin. A graduate of Magdalen College Oxford, he has worked on many BBC programmes, including Radio 4's Today, BBC London 94.9, and BBC2's Black Britain. Bonsu has also presented shows on satellite channels Vox Africa, BET International, Press TV, and been an analyst on Sky News, Al Jazeera and Sky News. He started out as a print journalist writing initially for specialist newspapers such as The Voice, and the Caribbean Times, then The Times, Express, Guardian and The Evening Standard.

For several years Bonsu was a major backer and investor in Colourful Radio, the former DAB and satellite station. He is now an international MC, specialising on global economic development with a particular focus on Africa. In the last year he has hosted summits at the UN General Assembly in New York, in Brussels, The Hague, Kigali, Mexico City and in Incheon, Korea. As well as development events, Bonsu facilitates business gatherings like the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards, the African Banker Awards, and the Global African Investment Summit. He is currently a member of the Equality and Diversity Committee of NHS England.

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Nwando Ebizie has worked with theatre, dance and music companies including Periplum, Artful Badger, Zecora Ura (as composer for Hotel Medea) and Nonclassical. Her first single was released on Electroclash pioneer Larry Tee's Carnage Records receiving plaudits in Mixmag magazine. She has performed with International artists including Peaches and Princess Superstar and has DJ'd for Contemporary Classical event company Nonclassical at the Barbican, in Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Berlin and Vienna. Nwando runs experimental theatre company, Mas Productions, with theatre director Jonathan Grieve, which seeks to combine the immediacy of music and the conceptualism of live art with theatre and interactive ritual forms.

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Joon Lynn Goh is Senior Producer at In Between Time, taking lead responsibility for the delivery of the Artistic Programme, including IBT's biennial festivals and International Partnership Projects.

Lynn steers IBT's Artistic Programmes with a belief in the creative ability of diverse voices to shift attitudes and the necessity of developing new producing models to make and engage in art. She leads the development of IBT's Signature Strands around socially-engaged practice and extraordinary work for public sites.

Prior to IBT, Lynn secured Battersea Art Centre's first European Co-operation Project which led to BAC's One-on-One Festivals, delivered Cultural Leadership Programme The Independents, and acted as Assistant Producer for Punchdrunk's production of Faust in collaboration with the National Theatre.

In 2011, Lynn was selected as one of 20 participants for a year-long European Producers Development Programme run by Festivals In Transition, and co-produced DISTANCE, a mobile festival that travelled to London International Festival of Theatre in London, Homo Novus in Riga, and Wunderbar in Newcastle. Lynn previously trained in law and languages at Melbourne University.

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For over twenty years Gaylene has pursued a quest to raise the creative voices of the unheard. She has worked with major organisations such as the Bfi, Toronto International Film Festival, BBC and Arts Council England as an international curator, producer, documentary-maker, creative director and theatre maker. Gaylene has revealed African films to international audiences, documented the hidden tales of sex workers for TV, established arts practices in hard to reach areas and brought international cinema into state school classrooms.

Her short stories have been published in several anthologies and her novel manuscript, "The Sacrifice" was the inaugural winner of the 2012 Commonword Cultureword Prize. Gaylene presents for BBC Radio 4 and helps others raise their voice through her work as an accredited coach and facilitator. She supports individuals and creative organisations, such as the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Royal Shakespeare Company. Gaylene reflects on her work in cultural essays and think pieces and through her work as a Faculty Member of the lifestyle philosophy enterprise The School of Life.

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Fin Kennedy is an award-winning British playwright of theatre and radio whose plays are regularly produced in the UK and abroad. Alongside writing, Fin also teaches, blogs, campaigns, fundraises and dramaturgs and mentors other writers - with a particular focus on young people's projects in London's East End. Since November 2013 Fin has been Artistic Director of touring theatre company Tamasha, which produces new plays by culturally diverse writers.

Fin's first play Protection was produced at Soho Theatre in 2003, where he was also Pearson writer-in-residence. His second play How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found won the 38th Arts Council John Whiting Award and has been produced around the world.

Fin has over ten years’ experience writing for teenagers, often through a process of being embedded in an inner city school or youth theatre. At Tamasha, this experience has evolved into Schoolwrights, the UK's first playwrights-in-schools training scheme which every year produces a crop of new short plays with culturally diverse themes. Fin has also founded Tamasha Playwrights, a new agency of diverse playwrights-for-hire. Fin writes a well-read theatre industry blog at www.finkennedy.blogspot.co.uk about playwriting, teaching and arts politics. He is also an occasional contributor to The Guardian and The Stage.

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Kerry was appointed Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE) in September 2004. Since then he's upheld the Theatre's commitment to develop new work & provide a platform for voices under-represented in London. In 2007 TRSE was nominated for an Olivier Award for 'a powerful season of provocative work that reaches new audiences'. Its hip-hop production Pied Piper won an Olivier the same year. The following year, Kerry's production of Cinderella was nominated for an Olivier, the first pantomime nominated in the Awards' history.

Kerry's directing credits includes: John Adams opera, I Was Looking At The Ceiling & Then I Saw The Sky, The Harder They Come, Ray Davies' Come Dancing & Takeaway the first British Chinese musical.

Kerry originated the International Festival For Emerging Artists and pioneered OPEN STAGE, where TRSE became the first theatre to hand over complete programming power to its audience for 6 months in the run up to the 2012 Games. Kerry was invited to work on the first Home Theatre in Rio by Marcus Faustini, he was inspired to produce Home Theatre (UK) in October 2013, where 30 performances in 30 homes occurred across London. Each home was filmed and these can be seen on stratfordeast.tv.

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Vijay Patel is an emerging performance artist, based in South London. He specialises fundamentally in making live art but has also created cabaret work with Duckie and one on one installations. Within his performances, Vijay deals with topics, which derive from his cultural identity/heritage, specifically surrounding cultural burdens imposed by one's family, such as arranged marriages and the scrutiny of one's sexuality. As an artist in his early 20's, Vijay explores topics relevant to his life now and will continue to explore grander narratives in the future.

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Described as one of Britain's most influential women, Heather Rabbatts is a Jamaican-born British lawyer, businesswoman, and broadcaster, who rose to prominence as Chief Executive of the London Borough of Lambeth, the youngest council chief in the U.K. Starting out as a barrister, Heather became a government advisor and then worked in local government. First as Deputy Chief Executive of Hammersmith and Fulham before becoming CEO of the London Borough of Lambeth, regarded as the worst job in local government. She introduced a more dynamic culture and was widely credited for establishing a fundamental, and positive, change in the organisation.

Heather joined Channel 4 as Head of Education, commissioning programmes and projects and introducing a range of talent development initiatives. She also served as a Governor of the BBC. Her work in private equity drew her to football and the restructuring of Millwall where she was Executive Chairwoman.

Currently Managing Director of international film and TV production company Smuggler Entertainment, Heather also serves on the boards the Arts Alliance, the Royal Opera House, and in 2012 became the first female board member of the Football Association. She has served on the board of Crossrail, and in supervisory roles at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the LSE, and the British Council. She was also a non-Executive Director of the Bank of England.

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Paulette was the Associate Director for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics working alongside Danny Boyle. She is the former Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company and was Chair of the Board of Clean Break Theatre Company, 2006-2007.

Paulette attended drama school at the age of 18, training to be an actress at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. After graduating in 1982, she and two fellow students set up their own company, called Theatre of Black Women, in response to the lack of roles for black actors at the time.

She is the foremost director of American playwright August Wilson's plays in this country, having most recently directed Lenny Henry in Fences in the West End, and has also directed his work at the Arena Stage in Washington DC. Paulette has had an extensive theatre and TV career; among her theatre credits are Twelfth Night, Moon On A Rainbow Shawl and Crossings. Her TV credits include Desmond's (C4), The Real McCoy and The Crouches (both BBC Comedy) and Kerching! (CBBC).

According to London's Evening Standard: "Knowing her theatrical pedigree - Randall, 49, has directed August Wilson's plays, which celebrate the African American experience and is a former Artistic Director of black theatre company, Talawa; her TV credits include Desmond's (C4) and The Real McCoy (BBC2) - makes you wonder whether she can claim credit for the multicultural flavour of the show."

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Sharnita K Athwal is the CEO of Shaanti 11, a music development company, which delivers events and development for British Asians artists. She is also the Artistic Director of the Eastern Electronic Festival - a month long new music festival in Birmingham, now in it's third year.

Sharnita was the first female judge at the UK Asian Music Awards. She is the founder of Shaanti TV, Music Supervisor for the Multi-Award winning independent film 'Karma Cartel' and a DJ on digital radio stations in Germany, UK and India.

She was included in the inaugural Cultural Leadership Programme 'Women to Watch' list, which profiled 50 female leaders, directors, producers and curators from across the UK 2010, and as Birmingham's New Beat-Generation "Inspirational Leaders", by Birmingham City Council in 2013. Her charity work includes chairing 'British Asian Women in Music', a platform for equal rights, change and empowerment.

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Henry Bonsu is a broadcaster and conference host of Ghanaian-British origin. A graduate of Magdalen College Oxford, he has worked on many BBC programmes, including Radio 4's Today, BBC London 94.9, and BBC2's Black Britain. Bonsu has also presented shows on satellite channels Vox Africa, BET International, Press TV, and been an analyst on Sky News, Al Jazeera and Sky News. He started out as a print journalist writing initially for specialist newspapers such as The Voice, and the Caribbean Times, then The Times, Express, Guardian and The Evening Standard.

For several years Bonsu was a major backer and investor in Colourful Radio, the former DAB and satellite station. He is now an international MC, specialising on global economic development with a particular focus on Africa. In the last year he has hosted summits at the UN General Assembly in New York, in Brussels, The Hague, Kigali, Mexico City and in Incheon, Korea. As well as development events, Bonsu facilitates business gatherings like the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards, the African Banker Awards, and the Global African Investment Summit. He is currently a member of the Equality and Diversity Committee of NHS England.

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Nwando Ebizie has worked with theatre, dance and music companies including Periplum, Artful Badger, Zecora Ura (as composer for Hotel Medea) and Nonclassical. Her first single was released on Electroclash pioneer Larry Tee's Carnage Records receiving plaudits in Mixmag magazine. She has performed with International artists including Peaches and Princess Superstar and has DJ'd for Contemporary Classical event company Nonclassical at the Barbican, in Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Berlin and Vienna. Nwando runs experimental theatre company, Mas Productions, with theatre director Jonathan Grieve, which seeks to combine the immediacy of music and the conceptualism of live art with theatre and interactive ritual forms.

close

Joon Lynn Goh is Senior Producer at In Between Time, taking lead responsibility for the delivery of the Artistic Programme, including IBT's biennial festivals and International Partnership Projects.

Lynn steers IBT's Artistic Programmes with a belief in the creative ability of diverse voices to shift attitudes and the necessity of developing new producing models to make and engage in art. She leads the development of IBT's Signature Strands around socially-engaged practice and extraordinary work for public sites.

Prior to IBT, Lynn secured Battersea Art Centre's first European Co-operation Project which led to BAC's One-on-One Festivals, delivered Cultural Leadership Programme The Independents, and acted as Assistant Producer for Punchdrunk's production of Faust in collaboration with the National Theatre.

In 2011, Lynn was selected as one of 20 participants for a year-long European Producers Development Programme run by Festivals In Transition, and co-produced DISTANCE, a mobile festival that travelled to London International Festival of Theatre in London, Homo Novus in Riga, and Wunderbar in Newcastle. Lynn previously trained in law and languages at Melbourne University.

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For over twenty years Gaylene has pursued a quest to raise the creative voices of the unheard. She has worked with major organisations such as the Bfi, Toronto International Film Festival, BBC and Arts Council England as an international curator, producer, documentary-maker, creative director and theatre maker. Gaylene has revealed African films to international audiences, documented the hidden tales of sex workers for TV, established arts practices in hard to reach areas and brought international cinema into state school classrooms.

Her short stories have been published in several anthologies and her novel manuscript, "The Sacrifice" was the inaugural winner of the 2012 Commonword Cultureword Prize. Gaylene presents for BBC Radio 4 and helps others raise their voice through her work as an accredited coach and facilitator. She supports individuals and creative organisations, such as the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Royal Shakespeare Company. Gaylene reflects on her work in cultural essays and think pieces and through her work as a Faculty Member of the lifestyle philosophy enterprise The School of Life.

close

Fin Kennedy is an award-winning British playwright of theatre and radio whose plays are regularly produced in the UK and abroad. Alongside writing, Fin also teaches, blogs, campaigns, fundraises and dramaturgs and mentors other writers - with a particular focus on young people's projects in London's East End. Since November 2013 Fin has been Artistic Director of touring theatre company Tamasha, which produces new plays by culturally diverse writers.

Fin's first play Protection was produced at Soho Theatre in 2003, where he was also Pearson writer-in-residence. His second play How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found won the 38th Arts Council John Whiting Award and has been produced around the world.

Fin has over ten years’ experience writing for teenagers, often through a process of being embedded in an inner city school or youth theatre. At Tamasha, this experience has evolved into Schoolwrights, the UK's first playwrights-in-schools training scheme which every year produces a crop of new short plays with culturally diverse themes. Fin has also founded Tamasha Playwrights, a new agency of diverse playwrights-for-hire. Fin writes a well-read theatre industry blog at www.finkennedy.blogspot.co.uk about playwriting, teaching and arts politics. He is also an occasional contributor to The Guardian and The Stage.

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Kerry was appointed Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE) in September 2004. Since then he's upheld the Theatre's commitment to develop new work & provide a platform for voices under-represented in London. In 2007 TRSE was nominated for an Olivier Award for 'a powerful season of provocative work that reaches new audiences'. Its hip-hop production Pied Piper won an Olivier the same year. The following year, Kerry's production of Cinderella was nominated for an Olivier, the first pantomime nominated in the Awards' history.

Kerry's directing credits includes: John Adams opera, I Was Looking At The Ceiling & Then I Saw The Sky, The Harder They Come, Ray Davies' Come Dancing & Takeaway the first British Chinese musical.

Kerry originated the International Festival For Emerging Artists and pioneered OPEN STAGE, where TRSE became the first theatre to hand over complete programming power to its audience for 6 months in the run up to the 2012 Games. Kerry was invited to work on the first Home Theatre in Rio by Marcus Faustini, he was inspired to produce Home Theatre (UK) in October 2013, where 30 performances in 30 homes occurred across London. Each home was filmed and these can be seen on stratfordeast.tv.

close

Vijay Patel is an emerging performance artist, based in South London. He specialises fundamentally in making live art but has also created cabaret work with Duckie and one on one installations. Within his performances, Vijay deals with topics, which derive from his cultural identity/heritage, specifically surrounding cultural burdens imposed by one's family, such as arranged marriages and the scrutiny of one's sexuality. As an artist in his early 20's, Vijay explores topics relevant to his life now and will continue to explore grander narratives in the future.

close

Described as one of Britain's most influential women, Heather Rabbatts is a Jamaican-born British lawyer, businesswoman, and broadcaster, who rose to prominence as Chief Executive of the London Borough of Lambeth, the youngest council chief in the U.K. Starting out as a barrister, Heather became a government advisor and then worked in local government. First as Deputy Chief Executive of Hammersmith and Fulham before becoming CEO of the London Borough of Lambeth, regarded as the worst job in local government. She introduced a more dynamic culture and was widely credited for establishing a fundamental, and positive, change in the organisation.

Heather joined Channel 4 as Head of Education, commissioning programmes and projects and introducing a range of talent development initiatives. She also served as a Governor of the BBC. Her work in private equity drew her to football and the restructuring of Millwall where she was Executive Chairwoman.

Currently Managing Director of international film and TV production company Smuggler Entertainment, Heather also serves on the boards the Arts Alliance, the Royal Opera House, and in 2012 became the first female board member of the Football Association. She has served on the board of Crossrail, and in supervisory roles at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the LSE, and the British Council. She was also a non-Executive Director of the Bank of England.

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Paulette was the Associate Director for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics working alongside Danny Boyle. She is the former Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company and was Chair of the Board of Clean Break Theatre Company, 2006-2007.

Paulette attended drama school at the age of 18, training to be an actress at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. After graduating in 1982, she and two fellow students set up their own company, called Theatre of Black Women, in response to the lack of roles for black actors at the time.

She is the foremost director of American playwright August Wilson's plays in this country, having most recently directed Lenny Henry in Fences in the West End, and has also directed his work at the Arena Stage in Washington DC. Paulette has had an extensive theatre and TV career; among her theatre credits are Twelfth Night, Moon On A Rainbow Shawl and Crossings. Her TV credits include Desmond's (C4), The Real McCoy and The Crouches (both BBC Comedy) and Kerching! (CBBC).

According to London's Evening Standard: "Knowing her theatrical pedigree - Randall, 49, has directed August Wilson's plays, which celebrate the African American experience and is a former Artistic Director of black theatre company, Talawa; her TV credits include Desmond's (C4) and The Real McCoy (BBC2) - makes you wonder whether she can claim credit for the multicultural flavour of the show."

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•Schedule

Monday 11th May 

11AM : Registration

11:30AM : Welcome/Introduction
Henry Bonsu, Purni Morell (The Unicorn Theatre) & Diane Morgan (nitroBEAT)

Talks
Sharnita K Athwal - Digital Engagement: Removing obstacles and adapting to opportunities
Fin Kennedy - Recipe for change: How to diversify new British theatre
Paulette Randall - Diversity isn’t a dirty word - but could there be a better one?

1:00PM : Lunch & Networking

1:45PM : Discussion groups & workshops
Led by Paterson Joseph, Sharnita K Athwal & Fin Kennedy: a session to discuss and explore the ideas and themes introduced within the talks.

2:45PM : Artists 'Lightning Talks'
Theatre practitioner and musician Nwando Ebizie, Performance Artist Vjay Patel and Actor and Poet Ali Goolyad will give fast-paced presentations about their work.

3:15PM : Talks
Joon Lynn Goh - Producing with a live art embrace
Kerry Michael - Time for positive action
Gaylene Gould - Learning to love differently

4.15PM : Afternoon Tea

4:45PM : Discussion groups & workshops
Led by Joon Lynn Goh, Kerry Michael & Gaylene Gould: a session to discuss and explore the ideas and themes introduced within the talks.

5:30PM : Final Talk 
Heather Rabbatts, CBE - Catalyst for Change

Summary & Close
Henry Bonsu, Louise Jeffreys (The Barbican) & Diane Morgan (nitroBEAT)

6:00PM : Networking and drinks