(Pictured: Leader of Tomorrow Daniel Kok with Jessica Drape, Nicholai La Barrie, winners of the MOBO and LTC fellowship to tackle diversity in theatre leadership. Source: The Stage)
Happy new year from the ADLP – this time of the year is always an exciting time for new beginnings and a note-to-self to always make it bigger and better than before. Here are some updates on what 2018 will be bringing our Leaders of Tomorrow as they continue to make waves in the UK arts industry:
Sepy will be directing and producing a show called CITIZEN which plays at The Space in the Isle of Dogs in April 2018. It's a verbatim theatre production exploring the experiences of Iranian migrants, inspired by her own family's story and that of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. She’s producing the show through her own theatre company, Suitcase Civilians.
Daniel has been awarded a fellowship from the London Theatre Consortium and MOBO. He will be working with two other fellows (pictured above) receiving mentoring, shadowing and skill sessions from the London Theatre Consortium, including venues such as the Bush Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse and the Young Vic.
Lighting Designer Prema is busy lighting up stages in 2018 – you can find her work at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch in their current production of Beauty and the Beast which runs until 7 January 2018 and then A Passage to India which opens at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton on Thursday 11 January 2018.
After a jam-packed year working with the Barbican Box Project, and Tamasha’s Re-Fuel Project, Mina will be featured in Hear Me Now a book of monologues for actors of colour. She's been working on with fellow Leader of Tomorrow Titi Dawudu and it's due to publish this year. Mina will also be running some workshops for emerging writers at the Derby Theatre in summer 2018 with a performance in the Derby Theatre Studio in autumn 2018.
With her theatre company Beyond Face, Alix will be working with an emerging writer and choreographer to direct a new piece of work in Easter 2018 with performers of colour. She will also be directing a series of monologues written and performed by young people, refugees and asylum seekers and emerging performers. Alix has been made an associate lecturer of Plymouth Univeristy so will be working with second and third year theatre students.
After one and a half years as tiata fahodzi’s Administrator, Bhavini will be heading to the Young Vic as their Administration Assistant this January, working alongside the Director of IT and Administration and supporting the Finance and HR department.
Lateisha will be based at the Yard Theatre in Hackney, facilitating and directing work with the Yard Young Artists programme, making radical, bold and beautiful live art, performance and new writing.
Anthony Ekundayo Lennon
As Talawa's ADLP Trainee Artistic Director, Anthony has been assisting on their smash-hit Guys and Dolls at the Royal Exchange. He will also be directing the rehearsed reading of David Judge's new play Panlid as part of the PUSH 2018 Festival in Manchester. He'll also be Assistant Director for the forthcoming world premiere of the Curve and Jamie Wilson’s An Officer and a Gentleman. Through his ADLP Trainee Artistic Director residency at Talawa, he’ll be supervising and directing their Legacy event, celebrating the company’s history. Last but not least, Anthony will soon be creating and directing a one-woman play with the seven-time Grammy-nominated spoken word artist Natalie 'The Floacist' Stewart.
Naomi Sumner Chan
Naomi will be reading scripts for the 2018 PapaTango Prize. She also has some other exciting news which she can’t share yet, so stay tuned for more announcements.
Floriana will be the Assistant Director on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Duchess of Malfi running at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from March-August 2018.
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