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LIPA joins diversity initiative

Monday 09 March 2020

LIPA joins diversity initiative
The Diversity School Initiative is a non-profit campaign organisation set up to address under-representation and diversity in UK drama schools. Over the next three years it will work with LIPA on a regular basis; encouraging it to improve and providing support and expertise to facilitate this.
Steven Kavuma is Founder of The Diversity School Initiative. He says: “We’re really excited to partner with LIPA and especially partnering up with a school outside of London.

“LIPA have been doing some great work in making drama school training a viable option for everyone and it feels like the right time to be working with them. We cannot wait to see our outcome and the impact of the work we do with students and staff.”

The Diversity School Initiative will be running workshops and events for LIPA staff and students as part of its In-Reach programme. One of its priorities is the creation of a safe place, where students can freely discuss any challenges they encounter during their training. The Diversity School Initiative will also offer student mentorship.

LIPA will also support The Diversity School Initiative’s Out-reach programme, which runs workshops that target students from deprived areas. This offers them an insight into life at drama school, encourages them to apply and helps them with their application.

Ben Leventhall, LIPA’s Access and Schools/Colleges Liaison Manager says: “The Diversity School Initiative is important. We have already taken steps towards widening access and developing inclusivity with our teaching, but we think we can do more with their expertise.”

Mark Featherstone-Witty, LIPA’s Founding Principal, adds: “Our purpose is to prepare our students for sustained work within the performing arts. Improving the diversity of our recruitment is a pivotal starting point. Like many, we want performing arts for all.”

LIPA joins LAMDA, ArtsEd, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Guildhall School and Mountview as partners with The Diversity School Initiative.

More details of The Diversity School Initiative’s work are available here.