The IATL Workshop Series for Emerging Theatre Leaders has attracted more than 300 applicants from different parts of the world. 50 promising young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. They are from places as diverse as Armenia, Australia, Brazil, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Romania, South Africa, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, and Zimbabwe.

Insights were shared, ideas were exchanged, and a new global network for young theatre professionals was born. We are grateful to the four exceptional mentors for their generosity in conducting the workshops: Alicia Adams, Yvette Hardie, Magda Romanska and Sir Jonathan Mills. These are some of the views expressed by the participants:

Lloyd Nyikadzino (Zimbabwe) about the Event Production Workshop: ”The amount of knowledge, wisdom, and experience I tapped into when I had the amazing opportunity to personally e-meet Alicia Adams was much needed in my career. What I took away from the workshop is that having a VISION is very important, but putting it into action through perseverance, passion, and taking risks is far more crucial. Attending The Event Production Workshop released and amplified in me the need to deeply connect with the seemingly basic ideas of Identity, Vision, Partnerships, and Legacy to achieve sustainable influence.”

Lilit Movsisyan (Armenia) about The Global Networking Workshop: ”It was a great and interesting professional experience for me, which gave me the opportunity to get to know art professionals from different countries of the world, and my professional discussion with a Brazilian producer was especially impressive. Of course, I thank the entire IATL team for all this. I highly appreciate such a professional approach on your part.”

Alex Borovenskiy (Ukraine): ”The Audience Development Workshop was a truly delightful and useful event. Magda Romanska provided a lot of useful information, insights, and algorhythms on the audience to be involved. Participants from different countries were so enthusiastic and willing to share their personal cases that we barely made it within the time allotted. We still keep in touch via email with each other, searching for joint project opportunities! Many thanks to Professor Octavian Saiu for these series and for creating The IATL – International Association of Theatre Leaders in the first place. I can already see a lot of potential in it for bringing the world of thespians together across borders.” 

Dan Graham (Australia) about The Cultural Programming Workshop: ”I simply wanted to give my thanks for welcoming me into IATL. Just over half an hour since taking part in the workshop conducted by Sir Jonathan Mills, I can already say that what I, and those who participated, learned will be Life Changing. THANK YOU!” 

We congratulate all the participants, and we promise that the International Internship Series will be equally meaningful. Last but not least, we thank everyone who helped disseminate the information about this unique mentorship programme.