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Exploring female arts students’ transitions from studying to working in the arts and how students can help eradicate abuse in the arts

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University Women in the Arts is an award winning mentoring programme which aims to improve the transition for women from studying the arts to working in the arts. The scheme has been highlighted by The Guardian newspaper as leading the way in the UK and has presented its research in the House of Commons amongst other places.

Please join us to listen to Director Jennifer Tuckett, currently researching how to improve the transition for women from studying the arts to working in the arts in the faculty, and co-editor of University Women in the Arts’ latest project Titilola Dawudu in conversation about (1) how to improve the transition for female arts students from studying to working in the arts when research shows over 60% of arts students are female but only around 30% of professional playwrights, directors and artists are female (Prospect, 2018; Fawcett Society, 2018) and (2) how to help equip students to deal with, tackle, and help eradicate abuse in the arts as the next generation going into the arts, which is University Women in the Arts’ current year long project, inspired by Me Too, Time’s Up and current discussions on abuse in the arts industry.

Titilola Dawudu will also talk about her career and groundbreaking book “Hear Me Now”, a book of audition monologues written by BAME writers for BAME actors, which was the bestselling book published by Oberon Books, one of the UK’s leading performing arts publishers, in 2018, and her work as Learning and Participation Manager at the Ovalhouse Theatre, for which she recently won Mentor of the Year at the Women of the Future Awards, nominated by University Women in the Arts.

The event will end with an optional writing workshop to allow attendees to contribute to University Women in the Arts’ forthcoming book on how to equip students to deal with, tackle and help eradicate abuse in the arts.

This talk is part of the Arts and Creativities Research Group series.

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