A panel event for artists interested in pathways to artistic leadership and the role of the Artistic Director.

Chaired by our Amplify Producer Craig Gilbert, hear from Artistic Directors Adam Penford (Nottingham Playhouse), Sarah Brigham (Derby Theatre), James Dacre (Royal & Derngate, Northampton), Nikolai Foster (Curve, Leicester) and Natalie Ibu (Northern Stage) on topics including: pathways to becoming an artistic leader, recruitment of Artistic Directors, the day-to-day running of an organisation and the challenges currently facing the sector.

This event will be a guided conversation followed by Q and A, and is expected to last around 90 minutes.

How It Works

This event will take place online. At the time of booking, you’ll be sent an email with an e-ticket attached.

The e-ticket will contain two links to our website. The first link will first take you to a login screen, as access to the event will be tied to your Nottingham Playhouse account. Please enter the email and password you used at the point of booking.

Once logged in, the second link will take you to the page where the event will be hosted. If you are testing the link in advance (which we recommend you do to avoid delays on the day), you’ll see a message letting you know you’re in the right place.

On the day of the event, simply repeat the above process. Once you reach the event page, you’ll see a Zoom screen has appeared on the page as the event will be ran as a Zoom webinar. You don’t need a Zoom login, but if you’d like to create a free account you can do this here.

Anyone wanting to ask a question can do so via the Q and A function. This can be anonymous, or with your name attached. We’ll also ask if you’d like to turn on your microphone and ask the question yourself. It’s completely up to you!

If you don’t receive your e-ticket straight away after purchasing, please check your spam/junk folders. You can find help and advice about our digital performances on our FAQs page.

Please note, this event will be recorded for archive purposes. Only those who unmute/share their video for the Q and A will be shown. 



This event will be BSL Interpreted. We suggest pinning the Interpreter’s video within the Zoom screen so that they remain visible throughout. You can find instructions for this here.

There will also be automatic captioning of this event provided by Otter.ai.