Theatre is less diverse than other creative sectors – report reveals

2 October 2015

Theatres and performing arts organisations are markedly less ethnically diverse than other creative industries, a new report from Creative Diversity claims.

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Theatre is less diverse than other creative sectors – report reveals

Theatres and performing arts organisations are markedly less ethnically diverse than other creative industries, a new report claims. The Creative Diversity report, penned by the Creative Industries Federation in partnership with Music of Black Origin, suggests that only 6% of those in working in the performing arts are from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds, compared with 11% of those employed in the creative sector as a whole. Read more

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