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 in our series is Erica Elliott, Duty Manager, who tells us about her inspiring mum, her love of Tracey Emin, and the women who have helped her along her career path.
Tell us a little bit about your role at The Actors Centre.
One out of the two Duty Managers here at The Actors Centre, overseeing front-of-house and assisting in the smooth operation of events at The Actors Centre.
Who is a woman that you admire?
Ah, difficult to choose as I have so many women around me whom I admire. However, I have to say my Mum. She did not have the best start in life but for as long as I can remember she has always empowered me and pushed me to do my best and to make the most out of my life.
Tell us about your favourite female-led piece of work.
Tracey Emin — My Bed has to be my favourite piece of work and it also inspired me to become an artist.
Frida Kahlo — Henry Ford Hospital.
Jenny Savile — in particular her piece Closed Contact A-D (four works) 2002.
Who are some of the women that have helped you along your career path?
I am very lucky to have a lot of women behind me who are constantly supporting me and pushing me in the right direction. My Mum and fiancé are just amazing, along with Beatrice Young and Amanda Davey at The Actors Centre.
Is there a particular event or scheme at The Actors Centre that, as a woman, you are particularly proud of?
Maiden Speech Festival! I absolutely loved it, especially The Kola Nut Does Not Speak English.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing women in the industry today?
Equal Pay and being disempowered!
What piece of advice would you give to young women entering the workforce today?
Never doubt yourself when making decisions or receiving criticism. Self-love and self-care is very important. Express your views and opinions.
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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