A portrait of Atri, a former intern at the National Theatre and now is a theatre director. He is looking outwards towards his right and is lit from the left. He has dark short hair, stubble and is smiling slightly.

National Theatre: changing the culture of theatre

Posted on December 3, 2021


Creative Access has a long-standing partnership with the National Theatre to enable people from under-represented communities to access careers in the world of theatre. 

Partnership impact

Creative Access has enabled the National Theatre to significantly increase the ethnic diversity of its team over an 8 year period. We placed over 25 interns from under-represented communities in the team. 90% of these are still working in the theatre industry.  


Creative Access has worked whole-heartedly with the National Theatre. We have delivered masterclasses to sector-wide theatre groups for staff from ethnically diverse communities. We have also delivered “Managing Inclusive Cultures” training to 400 managers at the theatre “jam-packed with enough wisdom and insight to help us take the next steps on our journey.” 

About the National Theatre

Founded by Sir Laurence Olivier in 1963, the National Theatre of Great Britain is one of the UK’s most prominent publicly funded performing arts venues.

“For the past ten years, Creative Access has been successfully providing a nurturing career pathway for talent from under-represented groups.  It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome 25 Creative Access trainees to the National Theatre.”

Rufus Norris Artistic director & joint CEO