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ADF Team

Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway
Founder & Managing Director

Founder & Managing Director of Artistic Directors of the Future, author of the first monologue book for Black Actors from Black British Plays and former manager of the Royal National Theatre’s: Black Play Archive, Simeilia’s passion for increasing diversity within the arts has always been reflected in her work.

Having worked in managerial and artistic positions at various reputable mainstream theatres over the last ten years, feeling disgruntled by the lack of diverse leaders she decided to set up Artistic Directors of the Future to provide new pathways and more equal opportunities for aspiring BAME leaders to succeed.

Simeilia joined forces with Narrow Paths Films and Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2013 to produce ‘Voices from the Black Row’, a short film documentary about the lack of education of Black British plays. In 2015, with the support of Bloomsbury Publishing, she began to write a second anthology entitled Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors inspired by British and International contemporary plays. More recently, Simeilia became the co-producer for the international project, Black Lives, Black Words, steering London's response to issues pertaining to the Black Lives Matters movement at the Bush Theatre, London.

April Brown
Research & Development Consultant

April Brown is helping to develop the ADF programme while undertaking an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from the department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. Since graduating with a degree in Music & Arts Management in 2010, she has been working for a number of creative organisations executing youth arts and community engagement projects.

Passionate about arts and social change, she is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and was selected to take part in theUpRising youth leadership programme in 2013. April has drawn upon her experience in project management, research and facilitation to encourage constructive relationships between arts & culture and diverse communities.

She is currently part of the London International Festival of Theatre ( LIFT ) 2016 producing team and writes for, a creative online magazine written by BAME female students for all to explore.

ADF Board of Directors

Javaad Alipoor
Artistic Director - Northern Lines Theatre Company, Bradford
David Bryan
Chair of the ADF Board
Josette Bushell-Mingo
Artistic Director, Tyst Teater
Pooja Ghai
Associate Director - Theatre Royal Stratford East, London
Rae McKen
Artistic Director, Custom/Practice Theatre Company
Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh
Artistic Director - ZENDEH Theatre Company, Newcastle

Jenny Williams
Founder, Take The Space
Matthew Xia
Associate Artistic Director - Royal Exchange, Manchester

Advisory board

Madani Younis
Artistic Director
Bush Theatre, London
Ria Parry
Co-Artistic Director
Iron Shoes, London
Kerry Michael
Artistic Director - Theatre Royal Stratford East, London
Jenny Koons
Freelance Director - New York, USA
Gbolahan Obisesan
Fellow at Young Vic Theatre, London
Ravi Jain
Artistic Director - Why Not Theatre, Toronto

Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE
Artistic Director - Center Stage Theatre, Baltimore, USA
Tarek Iskander
Freelance Theatre Director and Writer

Following the footsteps

Madani Younis
Artistic director of The Bush theatre
Indhu Rubasingham
Artistic Director of the Tricylce theatre
Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE
Artistic Director - Center Stage Theatre, Baltimore, USA

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