CLOSING THE GAP
Stratford East has a long and proud history of programming Black theatre, with a legacy of providing a platform for creatives and local East London communities from the Global Majority. Nonetheless, these groups continue to be underrepresented in the creative industries.
As such, CLOSING THE GAP, a Stratford East committee, was created in 2020. The committee is dedicated to levelling the playing field for Stratford East’s Black, Asian and Global Majority staff. Closing The Gap strives to increase staff sense of belonging and increase ethnic representation at senior management level.
The group, led by Global Majority staff, meets monthly to drive and implement cultural change at Stratford East. The committee are currently working to develop HR and recruitment processes, as well as supporting the creation of a microaggression policy for Stratford East in the long term.
Closing The Gap work to ensure that staff from the Global Majority are supported in their professional development, assisting colleagues as they progress into senior roles in the industry. Closing the Gap are striving towards making theatre a safer place for all people from the Global Majority.
Closing The Gap is currently Co-Chaired by Maya Pindar (Learning Projects Manager) and Rosalind Burkett-Wenham (PA to the Directors).