Freelance Task Force: Our Freelance Artist

Portrait of Milton, our Freelance Task Force artist. He is a mixed race man with dreadlocks, dark brown eyes and a very short beard, looking at the camera.

Diverse City is proud to be one of the signatories of the Freelance Task Force open letter to theatre and performance makers in the UK today.

We are committed to working for you and with you towards a sustainable future for theatre and performance.

As a result, we have chosen Milton Lopes as our sponsored artist who will join the National Freelance Task Force under Extraordinary Bodies, our collaboration with Cirque Bijou. Milton is one of a number of artists who have worked with our circus company since the very beginning. 

Our Selection Process

We firstly identified freelance, D/deaf or disabled artist activists with a real and ongoing connection with us and, crucially, to the wider freelance circus and theatre world. We then made a direct approach to an individual who we felt had a a proven track record – Milton.

The Open Letter

You can read, listen to or watch a BSL version of the open letter below:

Audio version of the open letter read by Sarah Niles.
Open letter in BSL, produced by Graeae and interpreted by Nadia Nadarajah.

Follow The Freelance Task Force News

We are one of 138 orgs taking part in the #FreelanceTaskForce initiative. 117 freelancers are now in place with the last few ones being appointed in the next coming days. A word about representation so far: https://buff.ly/2XVZJDB.

The taskforce will meet for the first time next week. You’ll be hearing from them soon! In the meantime, find out more and stay up-to-date about the Freelance Task Force movement on Twitter: #FreelanceTaskForce.