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MOBO to launch new fellowship schemes to tackle diversity in theatre

Kanya King speaking at the launch of the Creative Diversity report. Photo: the MOBO Organisation Kanya King speaking at the launch of the Creative Diversity report. Photo: the MOBO Organisation
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Fellowships for black, Asian and ethnic minority workers will be created in major London theatres as part of an attempt to diversify leadership in the sector.

Starting later this year, up to four fellowships will be created in production and management roles that will span between six and 12 months. The fellows will work at venues within the London Theatre Consortium – members of which include the Royal Court, the Donmar Warehouse, the Young Vic, and the Almeida Theatre.

According to MOBO, which is behind the initiative, the Rise With Us fellowships seek to “demystify” the executive teams of major venues, and to provide pathways to leadership roles for people from diverse backgrounds.

Fellows will be mentored by executive directors and producers from across the consortium’s 14 member theatres, and will attend key LTC meetings and industry events.

The theatre fellowships are among 27 announced by MOBO across the whole of the creative industries, with roles offered in fashion, music, broadcast, art and advertising.

MOBO chief executive and founder Kanya King said she hoped the new roles would bring about positive change.

She explained: “The reason we developed the fellowships is to create opportunities for future generations of exceptional talent that are already on the cusp of success, but need a bit of a step into their industry.”

MOBO was originally founded to highlight and celebrate black and minority talent in the music industry, but is now pushing for increased diversity across the whole creative workforce.

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