Globe Central Symposium

21st Century Acting: Race and Inclusive Practice – What Next?

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Shakespeare’s Globe and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama are co-hosting a provocative and themed symposium with the title:

The arts are positioned in a moment of great potential: industry and academic leaders are being held accountable to create more ‘inclusive’ training centres, programmes and venues. However, new questions have revealed a tremendous gap between desired outcomes and practical reality.

Over the two days we will consider the use of institutional frameworks such as target setting, diversity policies and decolonisation practices and consider how they might be contributing to – and intervening in – contemporary discourses in the conservatoire and professional venues.

How are the Globe and Central specifically working for and against notions of Shakespeare as a monument of white privilege? And how do we all engage meaningfully with professional and student actors in the mandates for inclusivity, diversity and equity in the academy and rehearsal room?’



£25 Concession

The full programme of events and speakers will be available in late August


We’re offering a bursary programme for 10 students. It includes a complimentary ticket to the symposium and offers support for transport and food for both days of the event. We evaluate applications for the bursary programme on equitable standards of access.

Please register your interest in a bursary here.



Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
10am – 5pm

62-64 Eton Ave, London NW3 3HY

Where We Are Now: Race, Theatre and Inclusive Practice in 2019

Chaired by Kaleya Baxe


Harvey Young (Boston University)

Jatinder Verma (Tara Arts)

Dr Farah Karim Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe)

Unlimited Access: Decolonising Auditions and Admissions

Chaired by Jamie Wheeler

Meeting the Student: Cultural Identity and Sensitivity in Actor Training

Chaired by Dr. Jessica Hartley


Pamela Jikemi (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)

Catherine Alexander (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)


Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
10am – 4pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT

Seeing the Actor: Casting Consciously in the Professional Theatre


Kobna Holdbrooke-Smith

Leaphia Darko

Reading the Room: Caring for Actors on a Diversely Cast Production


Kobna Holdbrooke-Smith

Leaphia Darko

Destabilising the Monuments to White Privilege: Twenty-first Century Actor Training

Chaired by Dr. Sylvan Baker (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)


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