Ahead of International Women’s Day 2020 on Sunday 8 March, we are catching up with — and celebrating — the women behind The Actors Centre. The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is Each for Equal; promoting that an equal world is an enabled world. Next up is Beatrice Young, Programme Coordinator who tells us about the women who have helped her along her career as well as shares some of her favourite female creatives.
Tell us a little bit about your role at The Actors Centre.
Programme Coordinator across both the Workshop and Theatre Department. Supporting both departments of programmes, working closely along the programme managers to deliver an exciting and dynamic programme of work.
Who are the female creatives that you admire?
Zadie Smith, author of White Teeth.
Malorie Blackman, author of Noughts and Crosses.
Melina Matsoukas, director of Queen & Slim.
Greta Gerwig, director of Little Women.
Frida Khalo, painter.
Who are some of the women that have helped you along your career path?
I’ve been fortunate enough to be supported and empowered by my three older sisters who have paved the way for me from an early age. Their strength, resilience and ambition has been an inspiration.
Is there a particular event or scheme at The Actors Centre that, as a woman, you are particularly proud of?
Maiden Speech Festival 2019 : Maiden Speech offered a fresh perspective on identity, gender, and sexuality through a mixture of bold stories and ambitious styles. It was a pleasure to be able to assist and support the producers whilst they were showcasing work at the Centre, and to welcome younger crowds into the venue.
What piece of advice would you give to young women entering the workforce today?
Don’t feel like you have to apologise for taking up space.
If you have been given the job it will be because you have earnt it, don’t doubt yourself.
This article is part of a series ahead of International Women's Day, where will profile one staff member a day ahead of 8 March. Click here to explore more.
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