I am delighted to be selected for the Board Shadowing Programme. It will be an amazing opportunity for me to see first-hand the role of a board to a company and the decisions being made as well as connecting with incredible the companies Complicité, Punchdrunk and English Touring Theatre. This opportunity will help to shape my career in both my own practice and as a trustee for an organisation in the future.– Natasha Patel (appointed ADF Board Shadower: London Edition
Artistic Directors of the Future (ADF) is proud to officially launch their revolutionary Board Shadowing Programme, in partnership with three leading theatre organisations in the UK; Complicité, English Touring Theatre and Punchdrunk.
We are delighted to announce the 8 selected ADF Members participating in the first ADF Board Shadowing Programme: London Edition Ebe Bamgboye, Eileen Bellot, Youness Bouzinab, Zak Khan, Francesca Murray-Fuentes, Natasha Patel, Tian Sampson-Brown, and Clea Williams.
The ADF Board Shadowing Programme: London Edition catapults eight extraordinary ADF members, from a wide range of culturally diverse backgrounds and disciplines, into the boardrooms of three iconic theatre companies to demystify boards and create a new pathway to governance. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to shadow the board meetings at all three theatre companies as well as gain the opportunity to engage with each organisation outside of the boardroom, including attending press nights, subcommittee meetings, open rehearsals and group tours around the building and surrounding areas to understand the ecology of each organisation.
To support the board shadowing programme, ADF has designed a series of training sessions to enable facilitated training and peer learning. The programme will begin with a pre-board shadowing training session facilitated by ADF Advisory board member and co-Artistic Director at North Wall, Ria Parry actor and Trustee at Theatre Peckham, Endy Mckay. The preliminary session will provide the eight shadowers with the necessary insight and strategic thinking to assist them to get the best out of the board shadowing programme. The programme will conclude with a group session called ‘The Board Room’ a fantasy board activity whereby all eight shadowers will become the trustees of a fantasy board to tackle real case scenarios in order to put their learning into practice.
The programme will run from September 2019 through to February 2020 and aims to increase the diversification of boards in mainstream theatres and arts organisations across the UK by bridging the gap between culturally diverse artists and leaders and board of directors.
Throughout the programme, our evaluator Dr. Samina Zahir (FRSA) will assess the learning and development of each participate as well as the partner organisations.
Artistic Directors of the Future is thrilled to be working in partnership with the three theatre companies for the first London consortium iteration of the ADF Board Shadowing Programme and will be looking for other partner organisations to join forces for future iterations across the UK and internationally.
Polly Gifford, Executive Director for Complicité, commented
“It has been fantastic to meet the cohort in person – not shadows at all but dynamic, interesting and incredibly motivated individuals. We’re looking forward to getting to know them better and to sharing with and learning from them over the coming months.”
Sarah Goodfellow, Executive Director for Punchdrunk (maternity cover), commented
“At Punchdrunk, we are committed to embracing diversity and inclusion across all our programmes. Having met the cohort and been impressed by their immense talent and commitment, we can’t wait to hear and learn from their fresh ideas at our Board and sub-committee meetings and are sure that this will add greatly to the discussions that take place.
Richard Twyman, Artistic Director and Lizzie Vogler Executive Producer for English Touring Theatre, commented
It’s been inspiring to meet the new ADF Board Shadowing members, a very talented group of artists, practitioners and producers who are all asking important and challenging questions about where British theatre currently is and we have no doubt they will go on to shape it’s future. We’re really excited to start working with them and look forward to the positive influence they will have on shaping the culture of ETT and the wider industry.