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Women@RADA is a grassroots collective that supports the creativity of women across the theatre industry and explores ways to promote gender parity.

Women@RADA was co-founded in 2014 by Natasha Rickman, Rhiannon Oliver and Melanie Jessop to address issues of gender equality within all aspects of the creative process and throughout the theatre industry. The group works with RADA graduates, current students and other industry professionals of any age and gender, in performing, writing and directing. It is a forum for discussion and a creative network that offers opportunities for professional development.

Women@RADA 100

At the heart of the programme of events is the Women@RADA 100 – a programme of rehearsed playreadings ranging from classics to current work that provides opportunities for actors, writers and directors to share work and create new collaborations. All playreadings have at least 50% female cast and creatives.

The Women@RADA 100 continues fortnightly during term time in the Club Theatre at RADA Studios; all readings are open to the public and free to attend. You can reserve tickets in advance online or turn up on the night, subject to availability.

Between the first playreading in January 2015 and the halfway point in October 2017, Women@RADA have worked with:

  • 267 actors (67% female)
  • 50 directors (82% female)
  • 50 writers (84% female)

Get involved

If you're interested in acting, writing or directing for Women@RADA please email with a CV and cover letter. We welcome male and female directors and you do not need to be a RADA graduate. Please note we are not currently accepting play submissions.

If you would like to receive updates about our news and events, please email us including 'Mailing List' in the subject line. You can also follow us on Twitter.