diversity, equity and inclusion statement

My commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion begins with recognising and acknowledging my positionality as a white, cis female who is neurotypical, currently able-bodied, currently mentally well, and both economically and educationally advantaged. I appreciate these privileges present me with a responsibility for continuous learning and unlearning, alongside the potential to be an effective ally. I activate this through my own self-education: through engaging in workshops wherever possible, both within my workplace and privately, and through knowledge gained from consuming books and articles, podcasts, documentaries and creative content.

As both a director and intimacy director, I engage in trauma-informed, consent-forward practices. During 2022-23 I was privileged to collaborate with US cultural sensitivity consultant Chels Morgan when working on productions at the University of Michigan as an intimacy director, and I am a strong advocate for such practices to support cultural safety within projects.

I am conscious that my capacity to advocate for actors as an intimacy director can be limited by our differing identities, and where that’s the case, am happy to provide a referral if I know someone who may be more suitable. I benefit from engaging in professional development workshops run by intimacy training organisations such as TIE and IDC, particularly with respect to racial, gender and sexual identities.

A particular focus of my teaching practice over recent years has been developing my cultural competency, recognising the need to develop creative practices that best meet and support students whose identities I may not share. I enjoy thinking creatively about facilitating access needs from a strengths-based perspective to ensure all the actors or students I work with have equal and excellent opportunity to engage in learning and develop an individual process that centres their personal and creative capacities.