The #WeAreVisible photoshoot took place on Thursday 25 July at Shakespeare’s Globe in Southwark.
This exciting event captured an epic moment, shining a spotlight on over 250 magnificent Black Womxn who work in theatre. Inspired by the iconic Great Day in Harlem image by Art Kane of living jazz legends, #WeAreVisible was an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Black Womxn in the theatre sector. ‘Womxn’ is written as an inclusive word that recognises non-binary people and trans women.
The photo included broadcaster and journalist Brenda Emmanus, Natstaha Gordon (writer of the West End play Nine Night); actresses Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Judith Jacobs, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Sapphire Joy, Suzette Llewellyn, Josephine Melville, Cherelle Skeete and former Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Patricia Cumper MBE. Photo credit Sharron Wallace Photography.
Black Womxn in Theatre (BWIT) developed from a conversation that brought womxn closer together. Inspired by generations of talent and trailblazers, and a new generation of theatre-makers, the events have been devised to create a space that encourages womxn to share and celebrate their experiences.
BWIT was originally billed as an intimate networking event for inspirational and intergenerational conversations between some of the great theatre giants. As the events became increasingly popular, it was clear that these important conversations need to take place.
Black Womxn in Theatre is less than a year old, with three events, 20-panel members and six guest speakers; the events were the brainchild of Stella Kanu supported by Monique Baptiste-Brown, Annika Brown and Titilola Dawudu.
Stella Kanu approached Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper after participating in an event on Women and leadership, working with Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper, the Globe’s Head of Higher Education & Research. Karim-Cooper researches Shakespeare, Race, women, and performance. The Globe is committed to this research work and kindly donated their iconic outdoor theatre for the #WeAreVisible photoshoot.
‘WeAreVisible is something to celebrate, its unprecedented. We wanted to bring together all theatre staff and creatives across generations because we need to see each other, so many of us are experiencing isolation in our organisations and venues where we are usually just one or two. To be together in one moment in time is powerful for us and for our sector. We aim to drive a new conversation that celebrates and acknowledges the important role black womxn have played and continue to play in Theatre and its diversity’ Stella Kanu.
The campaign intends to reclaim and takeover spaces where Black Womxn might otherwise not be seen and to celebrate black womxn who run venues. The next event will be this autumn at the Bush Theatre in celebration of Lynette Linton’s appointment as Artistic Director. Future events will take over theatre spaces across the country.
Find out more via www.blackwomxnintheatre.com
Abigail Sewell Abiola Ogunbiyi; Adanna Oji; Aisha Toussaint; Alaa Taha; Alexandra Afryea; Aliyah Forde; Alma Eno; Alysha Laviniere (Production Manager); Amanda Huxtable; Amba Rose Mendy; Amina Koroma; Anastasia
Osei-Kuffour; Andrea Wright; Anita-Joy Uwajeh +2; Ann Akin; Annika Brown; Arianne Carless; Ashlee Elizabeth Lolo (Playwright, Dramaturg); Belinda Clarke; Cairo Aibangbee; Caroline King-Gadekah; Carolyn Forsyth;
Charelle Griffith; Cherrelle Skeete; Cheryl Ndione; Cleo Lake; Constance Oak; Coral Messen; Courtney Caton; Danielle Marshall; Darcy Charles (Actress); Dare Aiyegbayo; Dawn Hope ; Deborah Sawyerr; Diane Alison Mitchel; Eileen Bellot; Elise Palmer (Actress, Singer); Erica Campayne (ACE relationship manager, producer); Erica Kouassi; Femi Keeling; Gail Babb; Heather Apyepong; Heather Benson; Heather Clark Charrington; Helena Morais; Hive City Legacy Azara Meghie, Dorcas A Stevens, Elsabet Yonas, Farrell Cox, Koko Brown, Krystal Dorcas, Rebecca Solomon, Shakaiah Perez; Ibinabo Jack; Jacqui Beckford; Jade Lewis ; Jade Maxah; Jayne Aguire; Jennifer Farmer; Jennifer-Jane Benjamin; Jessica Mensah; Jocelyn Jee Eisen; Joana Borja; Joanna Francis; Josephine Melville; Judd Batchelor; Judith Jacobs +3; Juliet Gilkes Romero; Kaleya Baxe; Karena Johnson; Karla Williams; Kat Francois; Kehyrse Johnson-Fraser; Keisha Amponsa Banson; Kelly Nicholas; Kudzai Sitima; Leah Magoye; Leanne Henlon; Lekhani Chirwa; Lisa Kennedy; Liz Daramola; Lola May; Max Kolary; Melissa Saint; Mimi Findlay; Monique Baptiste-Brown; Naomi Knox; Nassy Maureen Konan; Natalie Ibu; Natalie Pryce; Natalie Pryce; Natasha Gordon; Nataylia; Nataylia Roni; Nicole Als; Nicole Jacobs; Nicole L Jae; Nicole May; Odera Ndujiuba; Olivia Nakintu Oluwatoyin/ Isis Brown; Oneness Sankara; Patricia Cumper; Paula B Stanic; Pauline Walker; Perola Congo; Raidene Carter ; Rakie Ayola; Roberta Livingston; Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo; Rosemary Laryea; Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey; Samina Beckford (Mira); Sandra Falase;
Sapphire Joy; Sarudzayi Maurufu; Selina Jones; Selma Nicholls; Semsem Kuherhi; Severine Howell-Meri; Sharon Duncan Brewster; Sharon Wallace; Shayde Sinclair; Shelley Maxwell; Sheraya Ikutiyinu; Shereen Jasmin Phillips; Shiloh Coke; Shirley May; Simone Watson; Sophia A Jackson; Sophie London; Stella Kanu; Suzanne Alleyne; Suzette Llewellyn; Sydney Silvah; Tanika Yearwood; Tara Alexis; Titilola Dawudu; Tolu Agbelusi; Toyin Ayedun-Alase; Tricia Wey; Valerie Synmoie; Victoria Evaristo; Wunmi Ibrironke; Xana; Xanthus I-Peters; Yolanda Mercy; Yvette Griffith.