From left to right: Daniel Kok, Jessica Draper and Nicholai La Barrie. Photo Bronwen Sharp.
The London Theatre Consortium (LTC), in partnership with the MOBO organisation, have appointed a second cohort of three Executive LTC MOBO Fellows to address the lack of diversity at executive level in UK theatre buildings. The Fellows begin in January 2018 for a 6 month attachment.
The recipients are Jessica Draper, Head of Creative Learning at Synergy, Daniel Kok, Arts Producer at Cambridge Junction and Nicholai La Barrie, Director of Young People at Lyric Hammersmith.
The fellows will work alongside LTC over a period of six months, getting access to and demystifying the Executive leadership of these 14 theatres.
The aim of the LTC MOBO Fellowships is to create the capacity for diversity in the leadership pool by supporting mid-career leaders and offering them mentoring, shadowing, access and skill sessions to help provide pathways to break through into Executive leadership.
Commenting on the initiative Lucy Davies, Executive Producer at the Royal Court Theatre and Chair of LTC states;
“All of the LTC theatres are profoundly committed to using our collective power to create opportunity and make change happen. Our first cohort of Fellows in 2016 supported by the MOBO Organisation was a game-changing experiment, and we were all committed to doing it again. This Fellowship process enables us to meet some incredible talent coming through in British theatre. We want Jessica, Daniel and Nicholai to make change with us, as much as we can make change for them.”
Kanya King, MBE Founder adds;
“As a teenager I started my career working at Tricycle Theatre but didn’t continue as I felt there were limited opportunities and roles to get ahead in theatre for someone from my background. This is why we are proud to partner with LTC to be able to support this fellowship programme to create the change we want to see in Modern Britain.”
For more information or images please contact Anoushka Warden on 0207 565 5063 / AnoushkaWarden@royalcourttheatre.com
Notes to Editors:
London Theatre Consortium (LTC) is a consortium of London’s major not-for-profit theatres; Almeida Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Bush Theatre, Gate Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Greenwich Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Tricycle Theatre, Unicorn Theatre and Young Vic.
The MOBO Awards, produced by the MOBO Organisation, were established in 1996 by Kanya King MBE to motivate, elevate and celebrate the outstanding achievements of artists in under-served musical genres, from soul, RnB and reggae to hip hop, grime, gospel and afrobeats. Now in its 22nd year, MOBO is a pioneer in its field and not just an event, but a movement. Over the years, MOBO has become much more than just an awards ceremony, it is now an iconic, year-round, agenda-setting global brand that successfully champions diversity and inclusion in music and broader cultural arenas. It strives to support emerging and independent talent and has provided an early platform for some of the nation’s most-loved artists, from Amy Winehouse and Emeli Sande, to Laura Mvula, Sam Smith, Adele and Skepta. MOBO pursues its purpose to create more opportunities and access for diverse talent across the creative industries in film, TV, fashion, art, sport and media. A drive to deliver social and cultural change is embedded in the organisation’s DNA. With an ongoing successful talent development programme, a number of Executive Fellowships in the creative workplace and a host of annual training and educational opportunities for young people, MOBO influences the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year. In 2016, the charitable foundation MOBO Trust was established to support young people realise their potential in a wide range of disciplines within the creative sector. The MOBO Help Musicians Fund is the first scheme to be announced by the MOBO Trust, offering grants to support high potential artists at the very start of their careers in music http://beta.mobo.com/help-musicians-fund.