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Lack of support and provision for carers in the Performing Arts is endemic, and, if not addressed, would continue to see many being forced to leave the industry after starting a family, leading to a loss of talent and further inequality in the Arts.
To address these issues and affect change in the Performing Arts, in 2016 Cassie Raine, Actor, and Anna Ehnold-Danailov, Director, founded the Parents and Carers in Performing Arts Campaign, PIPA.
Led by The Old Vic, the Consortium brought 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.
Over the past year the PIPA campaign has conducted extensive research and called for change across the industry, I In order to address the scale of change that’s needed, and to ensure that work is ongoing, and monitored PIPA has now become a limited company.
The research highlighted the need for a long term presence in the performing arts as well as cross-arts dialogue in order to maximise opportunities for learning and share Best Practice. The specific needs of the Music, Dance and Theatre sectors will inform strategies and solutions across the Performing Arts. In order to address this PIPA is now working in partnership with leading organisations in Music and Dance as well as ongoing consolidation and development of the work in theatre.
“Our work with the consortium showed that the current situation for carers needs a long term voice working in partnership with the performing arts sector, developing strategies to provide organisations with solutions to ensure we get the best people staying in the workforce. Becoming a limited company means we continue our work in becoming the go-to resource for research, knowledge, strategy and solutions for carers and parents and helping to develop business resilience in arts organisations, ensuring the views and rights of those with caring responsibilities are uppermost in national strategic arts planning.”
PIPA Co founders and Directors Anna Ehnold-Danailov and Cassie Raine
PIPA Board of Directors
Daniel Buckroyd, Artistic Director, Mercury Theatre
Anna Ehnold-Danailov, PIPA co-founder, Theatre Director
Kirsty Doubleday, Head of Account Management at Dewynters
Noma Dumezweni, Actor
Natasha Harris, Director of Development, The Old Vic
Amanda Parker (Chair), Freelance Communications and Strategy Advisor
Cassie Raine, PIPA co-founder, Actor
Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive, Nottingham Playhouse
Natalie Williams, Head of Research, UK Music
Alastair Coomer, Casting Director, Donmar Warehouse
Noma Dumezweni, Actor
Julian Flitter Partner at Goodman Jones, Treasurer of One Dance UK
Romola Garai, Actor
Louise Taft, Employment Solicitor, Freemans Solicitors
Kate Varah, Executive Director, The Old Vic