Roseby has been particularly successful in discovering and nurturing young actors of colour. Over a quarter of actors who have been in the REP company over 6 years are actors of colour, including the majority of actors in the 2018 NYT REP and Playing Up companies. Actors of colour that have come through the NYT during Roseby’s tenure include: Sope Dirisu (the first black actor to play Coriolanus at the Royal Shakespeare Company), Paapa Essiedu (the first black actor to play Hamlet at the RSC) Joan Iyiola (the first black actor to play the Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi at the RSC) Misfits star Karla Crome, Crazyhead star Susan Wokoma and both of the actors (Jamal Westman and Ash Hunter) cast as Alexander Hamilton in the UK production of the multiple Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical.
Gender diversity is another area in which Roseby has been a pioneer in the arts sector. Over 50% of graduates from the NYT REP company are female and Roseby has commissioned more female writers than male writers and a 50/50 split of male and female directors, bucking an industry-wide trend that has seen women underrepresented. Female writers commissioned by Roseby include Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Sarah Solemani, Stella Duffy, Tanika Gupta, Zawe Ashton, Jamila Gavin, Louise Brealey, Molly Davies, Nessah Muthy and Sophie Ellerby
Also an LGBTQ+ champion, Paul was the first person to pay Britain’s leading contemporary playwright James Graham to write a play. Tory Boyz, which explored homophobic bulling in politics and schools, also went on to be Graham’s first play to be performed in the West End. Roseby has also commissioned and produced work tackling relevant social issues including knife crime prevention, female discrimination, the London riots, the Arab Spring, body image, sexual abuse and grooming.