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Young Cultural Leaders

Are you passionate about championing diverse leadership in the creative sector and beyond?

Norwich Theatre ‘Young Cultural Leaders Programme’ is designed to offer young people aged 18-30 the opportunity to gain practical skills and learn how to help shape and define leadership. By building key relationships and working collaboratively to lead change in the creative sector and beyond, you will be able to actively contribute to a more diverse, inclusive and sustainable society.

The programme will be based around ten monthly sessions including workshops, guest speakers and learning sets and a series of ten one-to-one sessions using coaching techniques and three events. Monthly sessions will be led by industry professionals and companies who are leading the sector in implementing social change. There will be unique opportunities to take part in industry insights led by the Norwich Theatre senior leadership team.

The programme will provide opportunities for you to:

  • Understand the importance of inclusive leadership practices.
  • Develop an understanding of what creative leadership means to you.
  • Explore your personal development through one to one sessions.
  • Develop skills including creative thinking, negotiating, conflict management and strategic planning.
  • Increase your awareness of the economic, political and social landscape relating to the cultural sector, and wider leadership.
  • Have designed, delivered and evaluated your own event.

Young Cultural Leaders is a rolling two year programme, with the option to opt out after one year, or become a mentor in year two to new members. We are also aiming to link to other cultural organisations across the region to provide opportunities for participants to become part of a governance body in year two.

Norwich Theatre is committed to meeting all participant’s access requirements  –  if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 01603 598624.

How do I apply?

Young Cultural Leaders is completely free, but highly selective, so interested participants do need to apply.

If you want to take part in this fantastic opportunity and are passionate about championing diverse leadership in the creative sector and beyond, please complete your covering letter by 12 noon on Mon 19 Sep.

Do I need any qualifications, skills or experience to take part?

Not particularly. Your attitude, personality and ambitions are more important to ensure you are able to contribute as much as possible to the group.

The desired criteria

Below is a guide to the desired criteria you can use when applying for the Young Cultural Leaders Programme:

  • Aged between 18-30
  • Highly ambitious to further develop leadership skills, aspiring to governance roles
  • Committed to attending all sessions/one to one opportunities (please see schedule)
  • Interests in deepening your knowledge of approaches to cultural leadership
  • Interests in charitable, social, cultural and creative endeavors
  • Committed to learning skills
  • Committed to taking action for positive social change
  • An interest in governance models

To apply, please send  a covering letter telling us about yourself and why you’d like to be considered for the Young Cultural Leaders Programme* to

Successful applicants will be contacted w/c 26 Sep 2022 with more details on the programme  and registration.

*Applicants must be between 18 and 28 at time of application.


The programme requires commitment, with compulsory attendance at ten one to one sessions, 3 events, and minimum attendance of 60% of the workshops.

Monthly Sessions, taking place in the evening:

2022 – Mon 3 Oct, Mon  7 Nov & Mon 5 Dec

2023 – Mon 9 Jan, Mon 1 Feb, Mon 1 Mar, Mon 18 Apr, Mon 8 May, Mon 5 Jun & Mon 3 Jul

One to one Sessions, times to be arranged, available virtually or in person:

2022 –  Tue 11 Oct, Mon 14 Nov & Mon 12 Dec

2023 – Mon 16 Jan, Mon 6 Feb, Mon 6 Mar, Tue 25 Apr, Mon 15 May, Mon 12 Jun & Mon 10 Jul

Events, three events to be arranged once the course has commenced.