NAYT: Black Lives Matter

Wednesday 24 June 2020

Statement from the NAYT Board:


We have spent the last couple of weeks discussing and addressing our position in relation to anti black racism in the UK and what we can do to effect change. The National Association of Youth Theatres fully supports the Black Lives Matter movement and will use our voices actively to promote anti-racism and condemn inhumanity and violence. As a group supporting those who work with children and young people in an artform that often seeks to challenge the status quo, we want to be able to embrace a model for theatre that reflects our diverse communities. We know this work starts with us and are aware we have work to do in diversifying our board and the artists we work with have made a commitment to ourselves to actively do so. We are also seeking out current and up-to-date best practice in regards to inclusion and diversity to implement at the core of our way of working.


We will continue to provide resources that support practitioners to think critically about their own practice and help them to use theatre to interrogate these issues in the Youth Theatre space. We will continue to profile the work of black writers, directors and companies of colour on our social platforms and at our events, RTG and RYTF.


We are in the process of creating a network of Youth Theatre practitioners of colour to act as a support system and as a collective that can address issues faced by practitioners of colour as a lobbying group. More details on this to come in the coming month.


We will continue to advocate for the removal of barriers to black young people and people of colour accessing drama and theatre in whatever way we can. This is a long process, an iterative one and one that we are committed to embedding within our work to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.