Jacob Rajan in Indian Ink Theatre Company’s Guru of Chai at Belvoir. Photo by Brett Boardman.
Of 95 mainstage productions being staged by Australia’s ten largest theatre companies this year, only four will be both written and directed by a person of colour, whereas 70 productions are both written/devised and directed by white artists.
One quarter of Australian works surveyed are written by artists of colour, suggesting that Australian writers are contributing the majority of culturally diverse works on our mainstages. However, only 9.26% of mainstage Australian works are directed by people of colour.