A statement from our Co-founder, Deputy CEO, Director of Training & Actor, Charleen Qwaye
“You either have to change people’s minds before you change their hearts – in which case, educate.
Or you have to change people’s hearts before you change their minds –
in which case, let them see you.
Racial prejudice, discrimination and exclusion is and has always been a problem for all of us. It is incumbent on all of us to radically transform the world in which we live in order for us all to thrive.”
Fourth Monkey Co-founder, Deputy CEO, Director of Training & Actor
Fourth Monkey’s Continued Commitment…
- We will continue to celebrate diversity in all its forms; in our work, philosophy, teaching and ethos
- Alongside our students, we will continue to study and celebrate the work of; Winsome Pinnock, Debbie Tucker-Green, Inua Ellams, Kwame Kewi-Armah, Roy Williams, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Dominique Morisseau and their contemporaries across the globe
- As an organisation, we will continue to work toward a genuinely inclusive and accessible arts sector for all
- We will continue to offer 100% free auditions for all – Fourth Monkey will remain a 100% audition fee free Drama School
- We will continue to offer free, nationwide outreach work in schools, colleges and youth theatres which currently reach in excess of 1,000 young people each year
- We will continue to offer free Taster Workshops, opening our doors to over 300 people annually to experience our training
- We will continue with our Covid-interrupted commitment to deliver five free regional auditions across the UK in collaboration with theatre venues and colleges, delivering on our commitment to make auditioning for actor training genuinely accessible to all, wherever you may be
- We will continue to offer part or fully funded scholarships for students who need them most each year, having awarded over £220,000 of Fourth Monkey-financed scholarships since 2010
- We will continue to offer discounted and subsidised space hire to the value of £120,000 to other charities, arts organisations and our graduate alumni each year
- We will continue to participate in London Pride alongside our students each year, celebrating the diversity which makes our industry so special
- We will continue to collaborate and develop projects which celebrate unheard voices and untold stories with partner charities, such as mental health charity Islington Mind, racial equality charity Every Voice, and many more
- We will continue to work closely with our student body, practitioners, staff and partners in support of their individual and diverse needs to ensure every voice has a place at the table
- We will continue to engage in conversation. We will continue to learn. We will continue to grow and we will never stop doing more.