Tag: diversity/inclusivity

  • Succeeding as a Young Performer

    Succeeding as a Young Performer

    Young actor Kyrelle Lammy on dealing with nerves, learning lines, and winning twice at the Black British Theatre Awards. At the Black British Theatre Awards 2023, we had the chance to talk to young performer Kyrelle Lammy, who took home the Disability Champion Award (sponsored by Spotlight) and the Best Supporting Male Actor Award for…

  • Understanding Trans and Non-Binary Casting with Gendered Intelligence

    Understanding Trans and Non-Binary Casting with Gendered Intelligence

    Gendered Intelligence shares their insight into trans performer rights and what language is appropriate to use in breakdowns and the casting room Trans people and the creative arts are natural allies. As such, Spotlight has been working with Gendered Intelligence to improve their understanding of diverse gender expressions within the arts. It was important for…

  • The Winners of the Black British Theatre Awards 2023

    The Winners of the Black British Theatre Awards 2023

    Actors Jazz Lintott, Toyin Ayedun-Alase and Kyrelle Lammy win multiple awards at the Black British Theatre Awards 2023 On Sunday 29 October 2023, the Black British Theatre Awards 2023 took place at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre in Southbank, London. This is the fifth awards ceremony since the Black British Theatre Awards was established to…

  • Spotlight Launches Improved Ethnicity or Heritage Feature

    Spotlight Launches Improved Ethnicity or Heritage Feature

    More information about Spotlight’s new Ethnicity or Heritage tool. Published: 20 October 2023 Spotlight is proud to announce the launch of our brand new Ethnicity or Heritage tool. This new profile feature allows our members to select and add their ethnicity or heritage to their Spotlight profile at a greater depth than ever before.  We…

  • Young Performer Support Hub

    Young Performer Support Hub

    Welcome to Spotlight! This page is designed to support you on your Spotlight journey and give you and your child all the guidance you may need along the way. From refining their Spotlight profile to learning how to self-tape – everything you need is here. I’ve included some of my favourite articles and top tips from our expert industry…

  • The Importance of Positive Representation in the Acting Industry

    The Importance of Positive Representation in the Acting Industry

    From disability to gender and female characters, understanding why representation matters in film, theatre and media is crucial. Explore the impact of on-screen diversity, good examples of representation, and the positive effects diverse portrayals in the entertainment industry brings The UK and Ireland are home to an incredible crop of diverse talent delivering scene-stealing performances…

  • Inclusion and Representation in the Performing Arts

    Inclusion and Representation in the Performing Arts

    In this episode of The Spotlight Podcast, we talk to performer, theatre-maker and creative Edinburgh’s Programme Manager Zoë Alba Farrugia about representation and inclusion in performing arts and the importance of the artistic community Zoë Alba Farrugia shares her story about moving to the UK as a Maltese performer to follow her acting dream, the…

  • Spotlight Teams Up with WeAudition at Sundance to Discuss the Future of Casting

    Spotlight Teams Up with WeAudition at Sundance to Discuss the Future of Casting

    Spotlight joins WeAudition and CSA Casting Directors at the Sundance Film Festival to discuss the future of casting The Sundance Film Festival is a mainstay of the festival circuit, bringing artists and audiences together to showcase independent filmmakers from across the globe. In addition to sparking bidding wars amongst the studios for films destined to…

  • Casting ‘Heartstopper’, Netflix’s LGBTQ+ Teen Drama

    Casting ‘Heartstopper’, Netflix’s LGBTQ+ Teen Drama

    We speak to Patrick Walters, executive producer of Heartstopper, and casting director Daniel Edwards CDG about the show and finding fresh talent. If you’re not already familiar with it, Heartstopper is a beautiful new show on Netflix that shows the blossoming relationship between the main characters Nick and Charlie. The series deals with teen topics like love, relationships, friendship…

  • Breaking Down Barriers: Tommy Jessop Talks about his Journey

    Breaking Down Barriers: Tommy Jessop Talks about his Journey

    Tommy Jessop is the first actor with Down Syndrome to play the lead in a primetime TV drama, he’s also been in Line of Duty and is the first actor with Down Syndrome to be professionally cast as Hamlet, and become a full voting member of BAFTA. 16 minute listen or a full transcript of the…