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Leadership Lab

March 8 @ 1:30 pm to April 12 @ 6:00 pm

About the programme

Leadership Lab is a 6-week interactive workshop for creatives and arts professionals to gain deeper insight into the responsibilities of various senior and management positions within theatre & live performance organisations. 

We partner with three organisations interested in meeting mid-career Black, Asian or ethnically diverse professionals to expand beyond their existing network. 

Participants will spend the first week getting to know the key senior leaders from the 3 partnering organisations (including the Artistic Directors and Executive Directors) before engaging in 5 weekly Interactive workshops. 

Participants will be mixed up into groups each week and will take on a different senior position time. The groups will work together to develop an idea based on a task provided by the organisations. The groups will present a five-minute presentation each week, and each participant will be responsible for developing and presenting a specific area. 

Each workshop will focus on a different strand; strategic thinking, artistic development, community projects, production programming and problem-solving.

Who is it for?

Mid-career creative professionals with at least 2 years experience of project management.

Application Closing Date

Applications open on 9th November 2021

What will you learn?

  • Strategic thinking
  • Creating Artistic Development Initiatives
  • Developing Community Projects
  • Production Programming
  • Problem Solving
  • Working collaboratively and independently

What will you need?

A device to access Zoom. A desktop will be required for the sake of Zoom breakout room activities and for worksheet tasks. You will also need a notepad and pen or writing device.

How to book

Join us to take part 

Buy your ticket to get involved. Our workshops are exclusive to ADF members. Membership is free with optional paid subscriptions.

*Eligibility rules apply.


If you are an organisation and would like to partner with us for future events, we’d like to hear from you.


Access provision and reasonable adjustments will be made. We can provide Closed Captions for online activities with 2 working days’ notice and British Sign Language for online and in person activities with 3 weeks’ notice.

The booking form will give you the opportunity to describe any access needs you have. 

Please email or call us with any questions. 


No. However a homework task will be set after some sessions which will be centred around developing loose ideas and notes for the following session. 

Mid-career professionals. You will need to feel confident collaborating, working independently and presenting ideas.

No, however, you should have some project management, producing or management experience.

Yes. You will be required to engage with the organisations and the other participants.

Yes, if requested. Please specify when you book online. Please book at least 5 working days in advance to ensure captioning can be provided in time for the first week and book at least 3 weeks in advance if you require a BSL Interpreter.

Yes, and it is important that you are available to stay for the duration of each session.

We hope to repeat the programme in London later in 2022 at the participating organisations. In general, we will repeat workshops throughout the year, and alternate between online and in London.


March 8 @ 1:30 pm
April 12 @ 6:00 pm
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0204 551 2231
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