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Sydney Theatre Company puts their money where their mouth is, creating career pathways for diverse appointees following the signing of a Cultural Representation Pledge in 2020.

In November last year, Sydney Theatre Company (STC) pledged to ensure that the company was representative of greater Sydney – a city where more than one in four people come from non-European/non-Anglo Celtic backgrounds.

The company’s resulting Cultural Representation Pledge states in part: ‘Indeed, we believe it is vital that STC reflects our city not only on our stages but also backstage, in our rehearsal rooms, auditoria, foyers, board rooms, and offices.’

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts