We believe that in order to make the best possible theatre it is vital to work with the broadest and most representative range of artists and arts workers, and to play to a diverse cross-section of Scottish society.
To address under-representation, we have identified priority groups and seek advice from leaders within these groups to guide our actions.
- Ethnic minority communities
- Disabled people
- People from socio-economically disadvantage backgrounds
- People from rural and remote areas
- Gender and sexually diverse people
- People using Gaelic, Scots languages and BSL
We commit to greater representation of the priority groups in our staff and board, particularly in leadership positions. We will examine the ways we work that currently exclude these groups, and address them. We will be led by the needs of these groups rather than imposing our views on them. We will proactively seek to develop emerging talent from within the priority groups, both as artists and arts workers, working with other members of their community as mentors at every opportunity.
We will continue to collaborate with the cultural sector in Scotland, providing support to other organisations, independent artists and the wider infrastructure. We will adapt to the shifting needs of the organisation and the sector, and we are committed to regular broad consultation.
As Scotland’s national theatre, we have a role to contribute to talent development that benefits the whole sector. We do this by working with and developing emerging artists, particularly those from under represented groups. Our Engine Room programme is a critical area of our work, providing talent development opportunities for artists at all career levels across the nation.
There is still work to be done to make National Theatre of Scotland truly a theatre for everyone. Below you can explore some of our recent projects that have made a significant step in the right direction.