CPT sponsors Daisy Hale to join the Freelance Task Force

Camden People’s Theatre is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring the independent producer and artist, Daisy Hale to join the Freelance Task Force.

“My work is dedicated to contemporary artists that have traditionally been ostracised from the mainstream, the very artists CPT also stands to serve so I am so pleased to be joining the taskforce sponsored by them. I hope also to connect with and lobby for the support of fellow independent producers in the subsidised sector.” – Daisy Hale 

Daisy is an independent producer, artist and practitioner creating and supporting projects that are socially engaged, experimental and cross forms. With a particular interest in intersectional, queer, trans and working-class work, Daisy’s work is hugely influential in the contemporary performance sector and directly impacts many of the under-represented voices CPT is committed to supporting. As an independent producer Daisy is currently working with Pecs Drag Kings, Travis Alabanza, Willy Hudson, Katie Greenall and Not Your Circus Dog. They are enrolled on the Clore emerging leaders programme 2020 and previously produced for the Old Vic 12 (2018/19). Alongside their producing work, Daisy has previously held the role of agent for change working to increase access for D/deaf and disabled creatives and audiences at Theatre Royal Stratford East. As an experienced grant writer and a disability equality trainer for arts organisations, they are also dedicated to supporting disabled artists to secure funding for access support, most recently for the ACE emergency funds.

Over 100 sponsoring organisations have moved fast to set up the Freelance Task Force so that the 70% of the theatre/performance workforce who are self-employed or freelance can be better represented in vital conversations about the current crisis. By necessity, each organisation has taken a different approach to recruitment, but we have all agreed to be transparent about our process. CPT only secured the funds to sign up to the initiative on Monday 15th June. With the first Task Force meeting taking place on Friday 19th, we regrettably did not have the time to launch an open call, and were instead obliged to design and undertake a very swift scoping and selection process. We took a strategic approach, reaching out directly to a shortlist of freelancers who would bring expertise and experience in areas lacking representation on the Task Force as then constituted.

We fully recognise that this approach was imperfect, top-down, and exacerbates our position as ‘gatekeepers’. But we do believe that – rather than sit on our hands – it was better for CPT to enable the addition of another voice to the Task Force, and to secure a paid role for an additional freelance practitioner. Having done so, we are incredibly excited about the depth and breadth of experience and innovation Daisy will bring to the Task Force.

To find out more about the task force, please read ‘An Open Letter to Theatre and Performance Makers’

More information on the task force representation can be found here.

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