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Up Next: Artistic Directors

January 1, 2023 @ 10:00 am

About the programme

No more short lived schemes. No more waiting for permission. No more waiting for a revolution. You’re UP NEXT.

UP NEXT is designed to hand over power and resources to visionary Black, Asian or ethnically diverse people within established theatre organisations. The initiative is a catalyst for progressive change within the organisations that participate in the programme and supports their leadership succession planning.

In 2017 we launched Up Next: Artistic Directors in partnership with Bush Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre. Tarek Iskander, one of the Up Next participants, placed at Battersea Arts Centre went on to become the Artistic Director, months after completing the programme. In 2022 Lekan Lawal was appointed Artistic Director of Eclipse, a Black led touring production company.

In 2021 Artistic Directors of the Future partnered with Strike A Light to deliver the second iteration of our leadership takeover initiative UP NEXT. Kadisha Williams was appointed Up Next Executive Director, working 4 days per week. She will complete her role in Dec 2022.

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If you would like to partner with us to host placements for any senior position contact admin@adofthefuture.com


Who is this for?

Mid-career creatives


Application Deadline



Supplementary Materials

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Success Stories

See how previous Up Next participants have excelled.

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To discuss partnering with us on tailored short or long placements for any senior position, get in touch.

Shadowing Opportunities

If you can’t commit to a senior placements but can commit to short shadowing opportunities get in touch.


January 1, 2023
10:00 am
Event Category:


Strike A Light


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