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London theatres offer fellowships to managers from minority ethnic backgrounds

Three female arts figures from minority ethnic backgrounds have been made fellows of top London theatres, in an attempt to improve diversity at executive level in the sector.

Rachel Brogan, Raidene Carter and Nisha Modhwadia will work closely with the leadership teams of 14 member venues in the London Theatre Consortium, including the Royal Court, the Donmar Warehouse and the National Theatre.

The six-month fellowships – announced by MOBO in October – are designed to help mid-career theatre leaders break into executive roles though mentoring, shadowing and skill sessions.

Royal Court executive producer Lucy Davies, who chairs LTC, claimed all the theatres in the consortium were “profoundly committed to using our collective power to create opportunity and make change happen”.

She said: “This fellowship process has enabled us to meet some incredible talent coming through in British theatre and Rachel, Raidene and Nisha are all outstanding leaders in the making. We want them to make change with us, as much as we can make change for them.”

The fellowships were unveiled as part of the MOBO season: a push by the music-based diversity charity to encourage better representation in all areas of the creative arts.

MOBO founder Kanya King explained: “The MOBO season was launched to celebrate established and future talent across the creative industries and a crucial part of the MOBO season is to create new platforms and opportunities.”

“This is why we applaud the work that LTC are doing in offering these executive fellowships and providing invaluable experiences and support,” she added.

SOURCE: The Stage 

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David Hutchison