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His spirit will forever live on. In loving memory of our dearest, dearest friend Jesse Clements; we are honoured to be able to offer one student a year (forever) from our full and part time courses the “Jesse Clements Equality & Diversity Scholarship”.

This scholarship will be awarded towards fees after a successful audition for our courses, will be means tested and subject to a final interview with Emil Dale.

This very special scholarship is in addition to other funding options, part and full scholarships which are means tested.

Following the June 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, there was a demand that Drama Schools respond by reflecting on their processes and practices regarding Race.

We are accountable for our actions. In the past we have cast white students in roles for people of colour and completely overlooked the impact this would have. We are deeply sorry it took the Black Lives Matter movement for us to recognise that this was wrong. We thought by choosing titles of musicals that were written for people of colour, we would be celebrating our POC students. However, by also casting white students in some of the roles we in reality were negating the stories of these characters and the reasons they were written. We regret our actions. It is not good enough. We have been ignorant. We will do better and will use this as an opportunity to learn. We have immediately changed our casting policy and are making a commitment to know better and do better. #KnowBetterDoBetter

Emil Dale Academy are committed to building a creative and dynamic workplace that celebrates individual differences and diversity and treats everyone with fairness and respect.

Emil Dale Academy does not discriminate in practices or employment opportunities on the basis of an individual’s race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or disability.

Emil Dale is committed to diversity at all levels: on our stage, in our audience, in our staff, and within our leadership. We strongly encourage candidates of colour to apply.

**This is a working document**

Created: 16th June 2020

Last review date: 29th September 2020

Racial Equality & Diversity at Emil Dale Academy


We believe that diversity is important to enrich the training we offer at Emil Dale Academy. We believe equality is fundamental to ensuring an environment that is open, creative and progressive.

Emil Dale Academy faculty members met with our students who are POC to evoke meaningful and honest conversation about race in training, and around the college. From this, we have put together a set of initiatives and timeframes to implement these, which will be updated on a regular basis on this page.

We have also timetabled discussions with the entire student body, to share these initiatives and to compel a whole college approach to understanding and acknowledging everyone’s part in Racial Equality & Diversity.

These are the actions we have taken and initiatives we will be implementing as a starting point from our discussions:


What has been actioned?


What has been actioned?

Training/ Education for Staff & Students

Training for race equality forms part of the wider framework for reducing race inequality, and will be embedded in Emil Dale Academy’s governance systems. We will challenge complicity and unconscious bias, and in doing so educate staff and students beyond not just being non-racist, but to being actively anti-racist.

What has been actioned?


What has been actioned?

Student Experience

What has been actioned?

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