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Actor Awareness is a campaign fighting for more equality, diversity and working class talent in the arts and aims to provide a community and voice for these disenfranchised groups.
Our passion is to inspire talent from all backgrounds.
As part of this mission we also create artistic opportunities and other support for actors, writers and directors who may have faced barriers in the industry.


                        Tom Stocks: Founder

     Stephanie Silver: Executive Producer

Campaigning
Actor Awareness has been established for 2 years.  The campaign is rapidly gathering support from all corners of the industry. The response has been overwhelming. Reports of our work has been in The Guardian, The Stage, ITV News, BBC Radio, Sky News and more. The campaign has grown from strength to strength over the past year, with us forming a partnership with Spotlight.  We have sat on various panels giving industry talks, these include Equity, Art School, BeCo Rep, Acting Up Campaign by The Labour Party and more. We were heavily involved in The Labour Party campaign with us sitting in their evidence sessions, providing feedback and being quoted in final documents. We have an Actor Awareness newsletter giving exclusive interviews with industry professionals, theatre discounts and news round ups.

Us in The Guardian:
 https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/08/working-class-actors-disappearing-britain-class-privilege-access-posh

Us on ITV News:
https://youtu.be/EyYlFBfxLrg

Documentary
As part of this Campaign, Actor Awareness initiated an important documentary about the barriers that working class talent face in the industry. Dee and Mike O’Neil, from Inside Film, have collaborated with Actor Awareness to create an award nominated documentary which features high profile actors and supporters including Maxine Peake, Christopher Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh. This is currently being toured in various cinemas around the country, each screening is followed by a Q and A by the directors, cast members and Tom Stocks. Below are links to all the upcoming screenings around London and Manchester, also some links to some of the incredible reviews we have received.
Salford Star:The Acting Class is unashamedly turning heads, proudly working class and totally unmissable'
Morning Star: "This is a ground-breaking and passionately argued documentary"
Counter Fire:  ‘A necessary declaration of intent from working class actors’

New Writing Scratch Nights
For two years now Actor Awareness has been presenting new writing nights with set themes tackling a wide spectrum of issues covering equality and diversity. This includes class, race, gender, mental health, LGBT and more. This ensures a wide range of topics are discussed and we are sourcing important, topical and socially relevant stories. When selecting the scripts we source plays that don’t stereotype or discriminate allowing artists to break away from stereotypical roles and castings.
From these scratch nights we pay the creatives involved Equity Minimum, as on the fringe circuit this is very rare. We also only advertise our casting calls via social media, therefore people do not have to subscribe to fee paying sites that exclude a wide range of people. This creates a more accessible route into the industry and we often give people their first credits.  We are keen for new talent emerging in the industry to not be excluded due to financial constraints with opportunities such as this.
Actor Awareness also plays a strategic and crucial role in supporting, guiding and mentoring artists with their work.

Supported plays/productions
As a result of these scratch nights, Actor Awareness has helped support many new pieces of work - extended from the 15 minutes to full length productions – which have gone on to perform in the professional sector.
Some of these include:
‘The Staffroom’ by Michelle Payne, Theatre N16/Queens Hornchurch and Edinburgh 2017
‘Speci-Man’ by Jayne Woodhouse. Canal cafĂ© and The Fatsoma, Guildford 2017
‘The Monologues of a Tired Nurse’ by Stephanie Silver.. Edinburgh 2016/Barons Court Theatre 2017/ Wandsworth and Camden Fringe 2017.
‘Our Big Love Story’ by Stephanie Silver. Next March 2018, 3 Week run at The Hope Theatre
‘Birth of a Nation’ by Dave House. SlamX 2016/Theatre N16 2016
‘Worsooz’ by Catherine kay Barons Court theatre 2017, our 1st published play
‘Come Die With Me’ by Vicky Connerty. The Vaults 2017/ Barons Court 2017
‘C’est La Vie’ by Stephanie Silver. Barons Court 2017/TheatreN16 2017/ The play won open submissions script Australia March 2017, opening to 4-star reviews.

New Writing Festival
Actor Awareness has also presented two new writing festivals at Theatre N16 in 2016 and Barons Court Theatre in 2017 and we are aiming to present a third next year. The festivals took 15 minute pieces chosen from our scratch nights and then each writer was given a month to prepare a one hour show. This is a great learning curve for actors to become proactive drivers of their own careers and knowledge about how to mount a production. Our festivals run over one week with two one hour shows each evening. We invite industry professionals to be present and all companies receive 100% of box office takings.

New initiatives

Other new initiatives we have started include Film nights hosted at Spotlight Studios. These are run in the same format as the new writing nights but we source emerging filmmakers to showcase their shorts. In the last year we have expanded outside of London and into Manchester with workshops. We want to replica the success of Actor Awareness in the regions beginning with Manchester.