Can the Coronavirus pandemic kickstart a diversity shift in the arts?

Can the Coronavirus pandemic kickstart a huge diversity shift in the arts?
the webinar

10:30-11:30 BST, SATURDAY 4 JULY
BSL interpreted

The major narrative currently is that the lockdown will be disastrous for diversity, as it will make the chance to pursue a career in the arts even more rarefied. This panel discussion will explore counterarguments and ways for the industry to develop as a result of the pandemic.

The panel will be made up of Germma Orleans-Thompson, Monique Jonas, Arti Prashar, Kayla Cadence.

Hosted by Germma Orleans-Thompson.

Register for the live webinar here




60 minutes




Germma Orleans-Thompson

Germma Orleans-Thompson is a director and theatre-maker based in London. She has created work for performance at the Almeida Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and Rose Theatre Kingston. Her company Sculptress Theatre have a focus on making work with Black women, their latest show being a one-woman show called I AM [NOT] KANYE WEST at the Bunker Theatre in March 2020. 

Monique Jonas

Monique is a freelance contemporary dance artist, choreographer and creative based in London. She has spent the last couple of years dancing professionally for the Richard Alston Dance Company and New Adventures amongst others. She recently founded her own company called Jona Dance Company, to create a platform to encourage diversity in dance. She is passionate about art being for all people and thus advocates for inclusivity within the arts. During lockdown she launched her hART for Humanity project which is an online fitness initiative to raise money to help the homeless. Her art is all about giving, connection and community. 

Arti Prashar: artist, director and producer 

Arti stepped down as Spare Tyre’s Artistic Director/CEO in August 2019 after inspirational and acclaimed leadership for 19 years. 

She developed inclusive creative practice championing diverse voices. She is at the forefront of immersive sensory theatre practice for people living with dementia and learning disabled people. She has a strong commitment to collaborative theatre with values based on fundamental human rights. 

She received a Tonic Award 2020 (inclusion and diversity)
She is a Winston Churchill Fellow 2013 (spirituality, dementia and ageing)
Research Fellow at the Centre of Contemporary Theatre at Birkbeck University. 

T: @artiprashar 

Kayla Cadence

Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Dancer, Model 

A young creative ready to take this world by storm and create positive change while doing so. 

how to join

These live webinar sessions will take place on Zoom at the time listed at the top of this page. Please register using the link above and keep an eye on your emails as you will receive a confirmation link with the login details.

Please note, these events have a limited capacity and we ask that if you do register to attend that you let us know if you can no longer use your place so we can reallocate it to someone else.


This webinar is part of Creative Youth’s So You Wanna Work In The Arts? programme, a series of free sessions aimed at helping young people gain an insight into the professional creative industries. The workshops will be bring together experienced arts practitioners and inspiring young creatives to explore the future of the arts.

Supported by Arts Council England, Kingston Council and Kingston University.

Please note these sessions will be recorded so we can make the resources available to other young artists in the future.

Due to Covid-19 this year’s festival has been created as an online experience. We hope you enjoy the festival and are inspired by the talented artists who are adapting to these challenging times. If you would like to see more of the international collaborations that have been demonstrated during Digifest, please consider making a donation to the charity here.

Any contribution, however big or small, is hugely appreciated.

Event Details
  • Start Date
    4th July 2020 10:30AM BST
  • End Date
    4th July 2020 11:30AM BST
  • Category