Winner of the Positive Role Model Award for Race, Religion & Faith
Darren Raymond discovered a passion for drama and performing arts during a difficult period in his life. Having faced systemic and societal racism growing up and experiencing barriers due to the colour of his skin, Darren was determined to turn his life around. With a passion ignited to champion change in behaviour and attitudes across the arts industry, Darren set up Intermission Youth Theatre in 2008, a charity designed to transform the lives of disadvantaged youths living in deprivation and those experiencing high levels of anti-social behaviour, family breakdown and criminality. Member of the RSC’s Education Advisory Committee and Mentor for the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, Darren has inspired and encouraged over 150 vulnerable young people – providing them with practical, transferrable life skills.