THIRTY theatre practitioners have been announced for the new Artistic Director Leadership Programme (ADLP), a major new scheme that hopes to inspire future theatre leaders from ethnically diverse backgrounds.
Of those, 26 practitioners will receive a leadership development programme courtesy of the Leaders of Tomorrow scheme, while four others have received a paid, two-year residential traineeship as part of the Trainee Artistic Director project.
ADLP aims to address the true representation of diversity within Britain by providing an array of opportunities for talented leaders within theatre and encouraging them to develop new skills and relationships within the industry.
Kash Arshad (pictured) will be one of the four trainee assistant directors who has received a full-time traineeship. Working closely with the artistic director and their executive teams, Arshad will have the opportunity to take part in and contribute to running a theatre.
He will join Freedom Studios, a Bradford-based company.
The trainee director now co-runs his own company, Rogue Bones Theatre Company, most recently performing at Paines Plough’s Roundabout.
“I’m stupidly excited to be the Trainee Artistic Director for Freedom Studios,” Arshad said. “I’m humbled to be a part of this scheme. Increasing the diversity in the leadership of British theatre seems more important than ever and I’m honoured to be given this chance to change and inspire.”