Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Racism claims lead to theatre shake-upOn 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today TheEnglish theatre industry is launching a major overhaul of its diversitypolicies following allegations of institutional racism.TheEclipse Report, produced by the Arts Council and the Theatrical ManagementAssociation, highlighted poor representation of ethnic minorities on theatreboards and among its staff.Thereport was based on a study between 1998-99 which found only one in 23 theatrestaff came from an ethnic background, and of the 440 board members, only 16were black.PeterHewitt, chief executive of the Arts Council, said the findings would lead to amajor drive for better diversity. “The imperative to conquer institutionalracism and to embrace the world’s cultures has never been more acute. The ArtsCouncil is currently developing a new diversity project which will be launchedlater this year,” he said.Thereport called for positive action, heightened awareness and recommended moreup-to-date research on the number of black, Asian and Chinese personnel in thesector.The report’s recommendations also included more training forboard members and senior staff, the introduction of a database of ethnic actorsand more funds for equal opportunities initiatives.