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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre is one of Scotland’s great examples of a producing theatre created by and for its people, known for being welcoming and inclusive to a wide range of diverse participants at all life stages. Founded in 1939 and 1986 respectively, for over 80 years “The Rep” has been deeply rooted in the cultural heart of the city - one of the most deprived in Scotland - creating and delivering work for local, national and international audiences and providing year-round opportunities for developing learning, understanding, knowledge and skills through performing and sharing in the community.

As we look to the future, it is important to recognise that diversity and inclusion are not static concepts, but rather ongoing processes requiring continuous effort and engagement. The world is constantly changing, and our understanding of diversity must evolve as new challenges and opportunities arise. It is essential we remain adaptable and open to new perspectives as we navigate the complexities of diversity and inclusion in a changing world.

We are committed to a work-place culture placing equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of all we do. While we progress this commitment, we are informed by increased understanding and knowledge, and take actions which are clearly articulated and deliverable. In an ecosystem of unequal opportunity, our aim is to ensure equity across all our work and activities.

Equality is a personal and a political issue; we are all damaged by division and exclusion. The ideal of ‘radical hospitality’ (Anna Deveare Smith 2016) is based on empathy, treating everyone as welcome guests with the understanding of what it feels like to be a stranger.  The radical nature of it is not in the assumption of open welcome, which is an easy nod - but in the active and consistent upholding of this to a high standard; embedded in our behaviour to each other as well as to our visitors, audiences and participants, and in our actions to support inclusion and to break down barriers.   For more information on our commitment to EDI please contact 


We recognise the climate crisis is a defining moment in our history: that there is an urgent imperative to meet the needs of the present without compromising future generations. We are steadfast in our commitment to environmental sustainability and progressing towards net zero emissions. Recognising the profound impact of the arts on culture and community, we are dedicated to integrating eco-friendly practices across all aspects of our operations. By adopting sustainable production methods, reducing waste, and enhancing energy efficiency, we aim to minimise our carbon footprint. We will continue as a leader in this field as recognised by Creative Carbon Scotland and that the great progress we have made in reducing our Co2 emissions by 236 tonnes since 2016 continues. We will remain an avid campaigner for change, playing a critical role in demonstrating the role culture can play in building an ecologically-sound future underpinned by the principle of climate justice.

Fair Work First

Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre are committed to the principles of Fair Work First as outlined by the Scottish Government. We prioritise fair and equitable treatment for all our employees, ensuring a workplace that fosters respect, opportunity, and security. Our commitment encompasses the following key areas:

Effective Voice \\ We actively engage with our employees, encouraging open dialogue and participation in decision-making processes. We believe that every voice matters and provide multiple platforms for staff to share their ideas, concerns, and feedback.

Opportunity \\ We are dedicated to offering equal opportunities for all, promoting diversity and inclusivity across our workforce. We strive to create an environment where everyone, regardless of background, can thrive and progress.

Security \\ Our employment practices ensure that our staff have stability and clarity in their roles. We offer secure contracts and support our employees with comprehensive benefits and fair wages and we are an accredited Living Wage Employer.

Fulfilment \\ We are committed to creating a fulfilling work environment where our employees can develop their skills and pursue their professional aspirations. We invest in continuous professional development and provide opportunities for career progression.

Respect \\ Respect is at the core of our organisational values. We ensure that all staff are treated with dignity and that their contributions are recognised and valued.

By embedding these principles into our organisational culture, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre affirm our commitment to Fair Work First, contributing to a fairer and more prosperous Scotland.

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