Parents In Performing Arts

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Welcome to PIPA


Parents in Performing Arts campaign for equal opportunities and access for parents and carers working in the performing arts.

The aim is to achieve sustainable change in attitudes and practices in order to attract, support and retain a more diverse and flexible workforce.



PIPA has brought together a new consortium of leading UK theatres and arts organisations, unprecedented both in scale and reach across the performing arts, who are committed to work together to back and support PIPA’s mission.

Led by The Old Vic, the consortium brings together a collaborative network of theatre industry bodies and unions including Actors’ Children’s Trust, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Dundee Rep Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Equity, Family Arts Campaign, Hull Truck Theatre, ITC, One Dance UK, Mercury Theatre Colchester, National Theatre of Scotland, Spotlight, Stellar Quines Theatre Company and UK Theatre.


‘The imperative to create an inclusive, accessible industry which promotes the diversity of our workforce feels more essential now than ever. The Parents in Performing Arts Consortium is engaged in finding a practical and compelling approach to promoting flexible working in the arts. Our aim is that the work of PIPA will have a meaningful and positive impact on the lives of parents and carers working across the performing arts, and on wider perceptions of them doing so.’
Kate Varah, Executive Director of The Old Vic and Chair of PIPA



Parents in Performing Arts works in partnership with organisations, employers and individuals to identify barriers to work for those with caring commitments, developing and implementing long term creative strategies to increase access to work.

We have 4 main aims:

  1. Understand and raise awareness of the issues of parents and carers working in the Performing Arts Industry and challenge the status quo.
  2. Campaign for a sustainable and practical best practice model in the workplace.
  3. Campaign for greater representation and accessibility for parents and carers in the performing arts.
  4. Establish PIPA as a trusted resource, developing partnerships, networks and community across the UK.

More about our aims and objectives can be read here.