E-learning platform to help future artistic directors

Published: 29 October 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Visionaries, innovators and purposeful leaders needed”: Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway

The UK's first organisation dedicated to creating change at leadership level, Artistic Directors of the Future, has introduced an online resource tool, ADF Bite-Size.

The e-learning platform has been developed to support those interested in furthering their careers in the theatre and arts sectors.

The first video focuses on Starting a Theatre Company. Other videos include Demystifying Leadership Roles, Understanding the Fundamentals of Marketing and PR, and Building and Refining Your Leadership Skills.

ADF Bite-Size comes at a time when black, Asian and persons of colour hold only seven out of 51 artistic director roles in the UK. ADF Bite-Size is free to members of Artistic Directors of the Future. The company will also start a series of online masterclasses to accompany the videos in 2021.

Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway, founder and artistic director of Artistic Directors of the Future, commented, "the number of theatre companies led by black, Asian, and people of colour is at an all-time low. This directly impacts the lack of opportunities faced by black, Asian and people of colour artists and leaders. We created ADF Bite-Size to provide resources for members of the organisation and to inspire and support them in founding their own companies.

"The industry is building itself back up after the devastating effects of the pandemic. At the same time the arts sector is confronting issues around inequality. As such, there’s no better time than now for talented artists to make their vision of becoming the founder of a theatre company a reality. We need visionaries, innovators and purposeful-leaders to take action and lead with integrity."