Diversity in the arts has been at the top of our agenda since the company started in 2002. A female-founded and led organisation, we are committed to promoting and expanding the role and voice of women in the arts. It is imperative we continue to reach and represent broad socio-economic and culturally diverse audiences.
Diversity runs through the company from the students in our classes and the team behind the scenes, to the artists creating and performing our work.
We actively engage with and encourage the next generation of theatregoers and theatremakers, creating work for younger audiences that is relevant, relatable, entertaining, moving and funny. Theatre, music and dance have the ability to inspire, empower and motivate in a unique way which is why we are so proud of the extensive work we do across the country with young people.
Our impact relies on artistic excellence and we constantly strive to push boundaries.
Black Lives Matter to ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company
As a company influenced hugely by Hip Hop music and dance, we acknowledge that we would not be here today without Black Culture.
We Want To Do More
ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company has always aimed to create work that breaks down barriers, but we have identified areas within our industry where we believe we can do more.
Behind the Scenes Initiative
We are re-launching a behind the scenes initiative aiming to diversify and support Black Talent in a number of roles including stage management, theatre technicians, lighting design, sound design, stage design, costume design, music composition, theatre and event production, and company management.
ZooNation Youth Company
We will continue to offer guidance, support and a safe space to members of ZooNation Youth Company to discuss issues concerning race.
Education and Participation
Whilst we continue our education and participation work with young people across the UK, we are committed to creating more awareness about the history and origins of the dance and music styles that we teach, acknowledging the roots embedded in Black Culture and Black History.
Keeping the Conversation Alive
We will use our online platforms to keep the conversation alive with a regular celebration of Black Talent and Black Culture.
Let’s Talk About It
We will be hosting quarterly talks with ZooNation artists and company members as an opportunity to talk about how race has affected individual experiences within the theatre, film, television and commercial industry.
We will continue to tell stories in the shows that we make that speak to the struggle for equality, overcoming oppression, defeating prejudice and that are actively anti-racist.