Yorkshire Theatres join new initiative to support diversity on theatre boards

Sheffield Theatres, Hull Truck Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, Stephen Joseph Theatre and York Theatre Royal have all joined a new initiative led by Artistic Directors of the Future (ADF) which aims to provide a seat in the boardroom to diverse artists and leaders from across the county.

The first of its kind, the programme will run over four months and offer 10 ADF members from a wide range of culturally diverse backgrounds unprecedented access to the boardrooms of these five leading theatres in the North, to empower, advocate and transform members into successful leaders.

This unique programme directly responds to the Arts Council England’s published Data Report: Equality, Diversity and the Creative Case for 2016, which evidenced the lack of BME representation in board leadership. Those involved will also be given board and diversity-related training, theatre tours, complimentary theatre tickets, networking opportunities and access to the ADF Board Support Hub, to ensure that all members and host organisations gain a meaningful, informative and valuable experience which will lead to positive changes for arts organisations, and for the sector as a whole.

Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway, Founder and Artistic Director at Artistic Directors of the Future commented: ‘At ADF, we recognise that Trustees have the ultimate responsibility to recruit and appoint the artistic directors and leaders of their organisations. Throughout partnership with these five Yorkshire theatres, we are able to produce an exciting programme that increases accessibility through demystifying boards for potential trustees from culturally diverse backgrounds, raises the visibility of existing boards, brokers relationships between existing trustees and the diverse talent pool in the UK, and create a new pathway to board opportunities. We are thrilled to kick-start this exciting work with five extraordinary partners.’

To apply for the ADF Board Shadowing Programme or to RSVP to the briefing event taking place on Monday 12 November 2018 at 6pm at York Theatre Royal, and to learn more about the programme and meet our partners, please email Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway at sim@adofthefuture.com

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Sheffield Theatres is the largest theatre complex outside London. Across our three auditoria: the Crucible, the Lyceum and the Crucible Studio, we offer a huge variety of home-grown and touring productions, as well as a thriving programme of participatory events and activities.