artistic director leadership programme

Are you ready to take your seat and take up space?


“Who is curating the culture? Predominantly it is white, middle-class men.” David Oyelowo 




How many people of colour are running publicly funded theatre organisations in England?  Not many. It’s time for a change.

tiata fahodzi have brought together companies whose collective missions represent a rich, multicultural and modern Britain – Freedom Studios, Talawa Theatre Company and 20 Stories High – to stage an intervention and lead the change. A change is gonna come but we’re not going to sit and wait.

We know that representation matters. We know difference leads to innovation, surprise, challenge, and originality.

Like David Oyelowo, we believe that to achieve this diversity – of art, artists, workforce and audience – it must begin at the top.  

Natalie Ibu (Artistic Director & CEO, tiata fahodzi)


Artistic Director Leadership Programme is a training programme for future theatre leaders. Applications for the programme have now closed. 


The progamme is delivered by tiata fahodzi, Freedom Studios, Talawa Theatre Company and 20 Stories High and supported by the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) and Independent Theatre Council (ITC)


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