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ADF Innovators

April 22 @ 4:44 pm

About the programme

ADF Innovators gives up to 10 members the time, space and support to develop a project idea that aligns with the ADF mission – to improve the representation of people of colour in theatre leadership positions.

Up to 10 practitioners will develop their project proposal and their entrepreneurial skills over a two-week online intensive programme, providing all with a viable proposal and strategy for realisation. One of these innovators will have their project selected. The successful candidate will work at ADF as an Associate Leader for one year.

During this period the Associate Leader will pilot their dream project with the potential of creating a real impact across the sector. The remaining ADF Innovators will be invited to join the 12-week Think Tank: Agents of Change, leading up to an industry conference. These agents of change will present their solutions to industry problems to the key decision-makers within theatre and live performance organisations. 

ADF is an inclusive organisation and welcomes applications from people who identify as deaf, disabled, or neurodiverse. The programme has been funded by the Arts Council England, Garfield Weston Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Start with a Briefing Day

This is an opportunity to ask questions about the programme and your project proposal. It does not inform the decision-making process and attendance is optional. If you can’t make it, you can send any questions to the team.

Applications closed 6th May 2022.

Application Deadline

Programme Schedule

This is an optional online session:

Mar 2022

6th May 2022

12th & 13th May 2022.

Mon & Wed 6pm-8pm, 30th May-2nd July 2022

1st Sep 2022

Oct 2022-Mar 2023 -full time


Sep 2023


Yes, providing it is not a project you had funding for.

Your project should fit within the realms of ADF’s usual work: leadership training, leadership career development and/or sector support.
Your project may have performance elements to it if it supports leadership.

You can charge organisations but not individuals.

You can submit a maximum of 3 projects within the same registration form but you must upload 3 separate applications forms.

Learn about the selected ADF Innovators

Who has been selected?

Applications have closed however you can learn about the participants.


Access provision and reasonable adjustments are made available at any stage of our funded programmes for any candidates that require it. 


April 22
4:44 pm
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0204 551 2231
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