BAME Directors Observership

The BAME Directors Observership was launched in 2019 as an opportunity for four directors from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to observe the process of directing and creating an opera.

The observership offers the opportunity to work alongside world-renowned opera directors, observing the entire process of directing an opera from start to finish. Observers (who are paid) are also given an insight into the day to day workings of a large national company, from stage management and company office to technical and production.

This forms part of ENO’s diversity strategy which reflects our commitment to nurturing diverse talent and making the opera industry, including performers, creatives and those working behind the scenes, more accessible and representative of the society in which we live.

The BAME directors for 2019/20 are:

Abdul Shayek

Ashen Gupta

Observing: Carmen

Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster

Femi Fagunwa

Observing: Rusalka

Recruitment for our BAME directing observers in 2020/21 will begin in summer 2020 and will be announced on our Vacancies page.