At The Old Vic, we want to instil a sense of belonging and a culture of fairness for all those who engage with us. Our aim is to be a warm and attractive place to work and visit for all people. A place that celebrates difference and encourages free-thinking and expression. Through consistent attention and an ongoing commitment to this work, we will achieve our mission to enable anyone to experience, make and benefit from theatre.
Our Journey So Far
The Old Vic is proud to be on a journey to a wholly inclusive environment which celebrates the diversity and uniqueness of our people and instils a sense of belonging. So far we have:
Commitments And Priorities
Whilst we will pay attention to all those with protected characteristics in this work, the particular areas we have chosen to focus on within these priority areas are gender, race and ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ and multi-generationalism. It has also been important to us to create ambitious targets which help us to create an environment for our colleagues and audiences which reflect our community. In order to do this, we have used the below government data to identify the demographic characteristics of people living in London:
Mixed Race 5%
These measures will be updated in line with government reporting to ensure we are holding ourselves to the latest standards. This provides us with the opportunity to challenge ourselves to become more diverse as an organisation and in terms of our creative output than using targets which reflect the whole of UK would.
In order to achieve our commitments to our people (present and future), to audiences and communities, we have established five areas of our work in which to prioritise inclusive practice:
Embedding Our Work
We accept that the journey towards true diversity and inclusion is long and that the work is an evolving process. We will therefore remain open to changes and developments in the world of diversity and inclusion and be prepared to shift our approach accordingly. Monitoring and evaluation will be an essential part of the ongoing work we do to create and maintain an inclusive environment to enable us to measure the efficacy and impact of our plans.