Equity’s Diversity Committee works with industry stakeholders to help create an inclusive industry and develop a more realistic representation on Australia’s screens and stages.
The committee was established to recommend policies, advocate support structures and broadly address issues of diversity. The committee considers diverse casting to include the casting of culturally and linguistically diverse performers, women performers and performers with disability in roles where race, ethnicity, sexual preference, gender or the presence or absence of a disability is not relevant. For further information or to get involved, contact Jenna.Schroder@meaa.org
The Diversity Committee consists of more than 100 performers across Australia. Their elected leaders are:
Amy Sole (Co-Chair)
Amy Sole is a proud Wiradjuri/Worimi person. Amy is a playwright, director, activist, actor, and producer. They are a graduate of AFTT (Academy of Film, Theatre and Television) and are currently undertaking their playwriting Masters at VCA. As a playwright Amy is currently under commission with Ilbijerri Theatre Company’s Blackwrights program, and Yardstick Theatre’s Covid response. In 2019 they wrote, directed and produced DOING at KXT. As an activist Amy is primarily attracted to decolonising work in the industry. They are the co-founder of Puddle or Pond Company and have vast production and rehearsal room associate experience, with Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Green Door Theatre and bAKEHOUE Theatre. They were a member of the KXT 2019 Step Up Program. Amy is a passionate performer and creator, who is devoted to creating theatre that is inclusive to all and full of magic.
Jamila Main (Co-Chair)
Jamila Main is a trained actor and self-taught playwright based on the unceded Peramangk land of the Adelaide Hills and working on unceded Kaurna land in South Australia. A graduate of the Adelaide College of the Arts Acting program (2018), Jamila performs across stage and screen, most recently as Leen in the acclaimed Aleppo. A Portrait of Absence (Adelaide Festival, 2020) and Karin in the creative development of Set Piece (Anna Breckon, Nat Randall, Vitalstatistix Incubator Residency, 2019). Jamila is currently developing a durational performance piece, How Long Can This Last?, pursuing the pain-free space live performance provides Jamila, with Emma Valente as director/dramaturg in the 2020 Adhocracy program.
Jonathan Chan (Co-Chair)
Jonathan has since worked extensively all over the country and internationally for the last 18 years. He most recently appeared in the role of Bun Foo, alongside Marina Prior in Thoroughly Modern Millie with The Production Company and toured nationally with Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s The Peasant Prince – The True Story of Mao’s Last Dancer (Dia/Teacher Xiao/Consul Zhang) to 38 venues. Previous to this, Jonathan performed in London for several years where he appeared in the West End production of It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman (Father Ling); the critically acclaimed production of The Last Days of Limehouse (Stanley Lim) for Yellow Earth Theatre; Turandot Reimagined (Madarin/Timur) for the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth and Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival; and the immersive theatre sensation, The Secret Island (Uncle Huat). Jonathan has been a proud member of Equity since 2003.
Luke Carroll (Co-Chair)
Luke Carroll is a seasoned theatre, film and television performer. Recent television projects include the Upright for Foxtel and Total Control for ABC. On stage recent projects include Black Cockatoo for Ensemble Theatre; Black is the New White, The Harp in the South, The Hanging, The Battle of Waterloo and Cherry Pickers for STC; Black Diggers and Mother Courage and her Children for QTC; The Season for Performing Tasmania and the Melbourne Festival, Wind in the Willows for La Boite Theatre Company; The Cake Man, Capricornia, Conversations with the Dead and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Belvoir, Riverland for The Adelaide Festival, Eora Crossing for The Sydney Festival, Purple Dreams and My Girragundji for Bell Shakespeare and for STC. Luke has been a very proud member of the Playschool team for 10 years.
Moreblessing Maturure (Co-Chair)
Moreblessing Maturure is a Zimbabwean/Australian inter-disciplinary artist, TEDx Speaker and the Creative Director of FOLK Magazine. 2019 also saw her participate in Screen Australia’s Developing the Developer program. For theatre, she’s currently developing ‘NO PINK DICKS’, a comedic anthology on interracial relationships with support from PWA and Darlinghurst Theatre Company (DTC) and adapting her immersive play: ‘MILK & HONEY & LEMONS’,into an audio drama with support from Australia Council. The award-nominated actor has also appeared in a suite of projects pre-Rona, most recently ‘THE RETREAT’ (Victoria Zerbst) and CH 9’s ‘SEACHANGE: REBOOT’ (Wayne Blair) as well as various stages across Sydney. Moreblessing also works as dramaturg, outreach producer and cultural advisor, which supports her advocacy practice within the arts for accurate and diverse representation.
Saroni Roy (Co-Chair)
A Jill of many trades, Saroni is an Australian actor, model and social-entrepreneur based in Sydney. Saroni has worked in Australian and International screen projects including Film, TV, Web Series, Commercial Campaigns, Music Videos, and Documentaries and is Co-Chair, Equity Diversity. Saroni was recently awarded the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Award for her contribution towards India-Australia friendship as a volunteer and MC at the multi-cultural United Indian Associations Inc. UIA-Mateship Fair 2019 and is also a 2020 Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence (WSABE) finalist in the Commonwealth Bank Excellence in Arts & Culture category as a leading member of Greater Western Sydney’s business community.