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Theatre director's quest to find leaders of tomorrow

Published:Wednesday | September 27, 2017 | 12:12 AM
The Faith Brothers (acrobats from Montego Bay), virtually had the crowd mesmerised as they went through their daring feats back in the day.

THIRTY THEATRE practitioners of colour have been selected to join the new Artistic Director Leadership Programme (ADLP), which started earlier this month.

In a two-part project, four people will receive paid, two-year, full-time residential traineeships as part of the Trainee Artistic Director scheme and 26 practitioners who, in the Leaders of Tomorrow programme, will receive a bespoke leadership development programme.

Together, they will form a peer network of future theatre leaders of colour.

Research shows that companies with diverse workforces perform better and that those balances are achieved most successfully when diversity is understood at the top. This programme aims to increase the representation of theatre-makers of colour at the highest level of British theatre management, influencing whole organisations, from the artists to administrators, the productions and the audiences.

In the long-term, more theatre leaders of colour will result in artistic programmes and audiences that better reflect the talent, innovation and diversity of Britain in the 21st century.

Led by tiata fahodzi's artistic director ,Natalie Ibu, the ADLP is a unique opportunity for training in the business of art created by four theatre companies tiata fahodzi, 20 Stories High, Freedom Studios and Talawa Theatre Company, whose collective missions represent a rich, multicultural and modern Britain.

All four of these organisations are led by people of colour with personal experience of the transformative possibilities of similar schemes.