LEADERS OF TOMORROW was a bespoke leadership programme and a collective of theatre practitioners of colour.

We believe that the future of theatre leadership should look and feel different so Leaders of Tomorrow wasn't just made up of directors, but a variety of professionals who wanted to lead theatre companies and buildings. We brought together 24 of the most exciting theatre-makers, writers, producers, actors, administrators, designers, practitioners and movement directors from across the country, with real ambitions to become sector leaders and change the face of British theatre. 


  • met the artistic and executive directors of leading London and regional theatres;


  • attended a series of leadership and management workshops, led and hosted by the Independent Theatre Council (ITC);

  • enjoyed access to the artistic directors of 20 Stories High, Freedom Studios, Talawa Theatre Company and tiata fahodzi;

  • accessed RTYDS’ wider programme of career development workshops;

  • built lasting relationships with the sector and other leaders of today and tomorrow.


Alix Harris
Arron Gill
Bhavini Goyate
Clarissa Widya
Constance Oak
Daniel Kok
Debbie Bandera
Hafsah Aneela Bashir
Jubeda Khatun
Justina Aina
Keisha Thompson
Lateisha-Davine Lovelace-Hanson
Liz Daramola
Mina Barber
Monique Touko
Naomi Sumner Chan
Nathan Geering
Nicole May
Omari Swanston-Jeffers
Pauline Mayers
Prema Mehta
Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey
Sepy Baghaei
Titilola Dawudu
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Through the ADLP I got to learn and develop myself as a person with a wonderful national network

of artists and inspirational leaders.

I would say I can't wait to see what we all do, but we're already doing it!

Bhavini Goyate, Administrator 

what our LEADERS said about the programme

It has been a great journey connecting with various organisations, artists and industry peers. We’re definitely going to keep in touch which is the most valuable part of these programmes. I’ve learnt a lot about leadership. It’s been fitting to be on the programme at a concurrent time to exciting leadership changes in various cultural organisations across the UK." 

Keisha Thompson, Performance Artist & Producer

Leaders of Tomorrow assisted me in developing skills that freelancers often don't get the opportunity to develop, and allowed space and time to focus on what our industry could look like in the future."

Prema Mehta, Lighting Designer

© 2017 Artistic Director Leadership Programme

Funded by Arts Council England through the Sustained Theatre Fund