Stagebox has launched The Diversity Project to celebrate Black History Month.
Taking place across 16 and 17 October, theatre, TV and film training and management programme Stagebox invited its diverse community of talented performers to join them for a weekend of music, performance and inspiring training from a team of diverse creatives in the arts sector.
The culmination of the project is a professionally directed musical video starring Stagebox members performing songs from Netflix’s hit Christmas movie musical Jingle Jangle.
With the help of a diverse creative team and crew, a total of 53 Stagebox members performed and filmed the medley at the Royal Academy of Music.
Some of the performers involved in the project include Amira Macey Michael (star of upcoming Christmas Netflix release Robin Robin), Dereke Oladele (currently appearing in Macbeth at the Almeida Theatre alongside Saoirse Ronan), Isobel Khan (the first mixed-race Annie in British history), Joseph Obasohan (debut lead role in the BAFTA nominated Superdad and upcoming series regular in an ITV drama), Isaac Khan (star of CBBC’s Lagging), Fayth Ifil (Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer, Tina West End, School of Rock West End and currently the UK Premiere of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World), Jennifer King (School of Rock West End), Olivia Brooks (as seen in Cats the Movie), Jasmine Sakyiama (Little Princess, School of Rock West End, Midnight Gang) and Marley Quinlan Gardner, Aiya Agustin, Demi Delord and Marlie Love, all of whom have just wrapped on production for Netflix’s upcoming film adaptation of Matilda.
Stagebox’s General Manager, Jasmine Quinlan-Gardner said: “We are proud of our diverse company here at Stagebox.
“We champion inclusivity from grassroots and we’re so excited to be launching The Diversity Project to celebrate underrepresented ethnic minority groups in the arts this Black History Month! Representation in the arts matters and it starts with young people.”
Stagebox works with rising stars aged 8-18 to hone their performance skills with current clients enjoying success on stage and screen, from the BBC and Netflix to the West End and Broadway.
The organisation recently removed all audition fees this summer as part of its efforts to champion inclusivity in the arts industry which also include its £30,000 internal company funding and low monthly membership pricing at its regional centres of excellence and training all around the country.
More information can be found from www.stagebox.uk.