Artistic Director Leadership Programme

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.”