Future Leaders

Future Leaders

Applications are now open. If you are interested in becoming a Future Leader, please click here

Want to have your say in the future of Theatre Royal Stratford East?
Are you our future Producer, Marketing Manager or Artistic Director?
Want to learn how cultural organisations are run?

Stratford East's brand-new initiative, the Future Leaders programme is for East London-based 16-25 year olds who are interested in learning about different types of leadership, how cultural organisations are run, and want to have their say in the future of our creative industries.

Future Leaders will:

  • Participate in a range of skills workshops led by Stratford East staff and other industry professionals centred around leadership, governance and activism within the creative industries.
  • Work alongside our Board, creating a core group of young people embedded in Stratford East, who will advise us and inform the work we do to help shape our future as an organisation.
  • Create and run an event or project for young people in October half-term 2022, supported by the Learning and Participation Team.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of each department at Stratford East and how the building is run.
  • Receive mentoring from current Young Trustees.
  • Have the opportunity to become a Young Trustee after the 12-month course.

Whether you’re looking to build a career in the creative industries, deepen your understanding of cultural organisations or simply gain valuable leadership skills to transfer into your chosen field, we want to hear from you!

We are looking for a real mix of people with a variety of skills and interests to make up our Future Leaders. You don’t need to have any formal theatre experience or to have worked with us before, but a keen interest in Arts and Culture and agency to challenge the current culture is vital!

WHAT? Stratford East's Future Leaders for 16-25-year-olds
WHEN? Every third Thursday of the month March 2022 - Jan 2023
WHERE? Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BX

Want to find out more? Join us for an informal chat about the project and some pizza at Stratford Youth Zone (situated next door to Stratford East at Stratford Youth Zone, Theatre Square, London, E15 1BX) on Thu 10 Feb, 5pm. If you would like to attend, please let us know by clicking here.

The group will meet monthly, every third Thursday of the month, except for the months of September and October where commitment will be more regular.

Interview Workshops will take place on Thu 24 Feb between 6-8.30pm

Thu 17 Mar, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Thu 14 Apr, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Thu 19 May, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Thu 16 Jun, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Thu 14 Jul, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Thu 18 Aug, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Thu 15 Sep, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Thu 22 Sep, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Thu 29 Sep, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Thu 06 Oct, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Thu 13 Oct, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Thu 20 Oct, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Project week: Mon 24 - Fri 28 Oct
Thu 17 Nov, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Thu 15 Dec, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Thu 19 Jan, 6.30 - 8.30pm

Support with travel and food expenses is provided for every session.


Applications are now open. If you are interested in becoming a Future Leader, please click here and fill in the form.

If a written application doesn’t allow you to show your best, then there are several alternative application options. Please visit the form above for details.

Deadline to apply is Thu 17 Feb 2022 at 5pm.

We will be in touch with everyone who applies with next steps by Fri 18 Feb 2022.

Funded by Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund, supported by Westfield Stratford City and Foundation for Future London. 

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