Michael Kaiser is on record at being surprised at the lack of training opportunities for arts administrators in the UK. He instigated a scheme at the ROH, the Artists' Development Initiative, which serves two purposes. Firstly, young artists and choreographers can use the magnificent space of the Clore Studio Theatre and secondly the events are administrated by ROH performers.
Here's the link to the ADI background on the ROH site, which concentrates mainly on the artist side: http://www.roh.org.uk/Performances/LST/NewSpaces/NewSpace.htm
Phillip Mosley (the Billy Elliott model) has been working as an Administrator on 'Cohabitants', which you can read about here:
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Bruce Sampson worked on an earlier programme by Tom Sapsford and then has gone on to spend a year at SFB on their administration training programme. The Artists Development Programme is overseen by Deborah Bull and it is clearly a valuable opportunity for her to manage an on-going programme on events.
What's the experience in the States? Is the SFB scheme unusual?
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