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Making careers in theatre accessible and inclusive

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More and more industries and organisations in the UK are now ensuring that the people they employ reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.

This is certainly the case when it comes to theatre in the UK. That’s why the Get Into Theatre website was created.

Diversity in theatre

Get Into Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre careers website that helps young people find all the information and opportunities they need to pursue a successful career in theatre in the UK.

This includes up-to-date theatre jobs information and advice on areas ranging from backstage to performing, training to apprenticeships.

Get Into Theatre has major industry backing: it is produced by leading trade publication The Stage and generously funded and supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and UK Theatre/Society of London Theatre.

And crucially, Get Into Theatre wants everyone to know about how to get a career in theatre no matter their background, ethnicity, impairment, condition or gender.

Are you talking to ME?

According to Ahmet Ahmet, Outreach Director, Get Into Theatre, access to information if key for that.

He said: “The Get Into Theatre website was created to help get people from diverse backgrounds into careers in theatre.

“Before the website was created a range of people from different and diverse communities (including people with disabilities) were consulted to understand what stops young people getting into careers in theatre.

“One of the key findings from the consultation was that access to information was key to help more young people find out about opportunities to enter the industry.”

Easy access, no drama

Part of ensuring that information on Get Into Theatre is accessible means having the Recite Me web accessibility and language toolbar on the website.

Recite Me makes the site more accessible to the one in five people who have a disability by letting them use the site in the way that suits them best.

Recite Me can also translate the site’s content into over 100 different languages, which helps people who don’t speak English as a first language access the content.

Ahmet added: “It was vital to make Get Into Theatre accessible and inclusive and to demonstrate we had covered all aspects of inclusion, which is why we chose Recite Me after we trialled their free to use colour accessibility checker.”

“It gives us great confidence to know that young people can access the website to find out how pursue a successful career in theatre in the UK, no matter what their backgrounds or circumstances are.”

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