ADP Live - WEEK 1

3–7 Aug
ADP Live - WEEK 1 3–7 Aug

Hackney Empire’s Artist Development Programme (ADP) returns with a two-week summer series exploring music, drama, dance and behind-the-scenes, delivered like never before, from 3rd August

Despite COVID-19, ADP is resolute in its mission to empower young artists to develop their craft and create – safely. This year’s programme will take place online, but will, as ever, focus on super-charging the personal and professional development of participants with the opportunity for all to platform their voices and talents.

Workshops, Q&As and talks with leading industry insiders will help inspire young artists to create their own work with the tools they have – plus there will be advice and tips on how to build and engage your audience.

First started in 2000, ADP develops the next generation of young artists. Every year, these two weeks of intensive support and guidance have helped hundreds of young performers get into the arts industry, with many of them returning as mentors to help the next generation finesse their talents. Typically, every year sees 50 young performers compose, write, choreograph and perform an exhilarating piece of original musical theatre on Hackney Empire’s main stage.

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See below each section for links to sign up forms




  • Do you have a favourite ADP track from past years that you never had the opportunity to perform? Or do you want to put a new take on an old classic? The music programme will work with young artists to recreate those favourite tracks that will feature in a filmed performance released exclusively on Hackney Empire’s YouTube channel.


  • Are you stuck at how to present yourself as an artist online? It can be a bit overwhelming, right? We Are Stripes will host a workshop for young artists exploring what you need to do to make the best first impression which will help you build your fanbase on the ‘gram and beyond.
  • Keen to finesse your song-writing skills and explore the tools that are out there? Warrior have created a workshop with Uniq3 to help to help the process, and your tunes, flow a little bit better.
  • You’ve got the basics down, but your final edit doesn’t have that polished feel? Safehouse LDN will host a live engineering workshop with a special guest showing you how they make it all work.




  • Do you want to take your creative writing to the next level? Across 3 days, Jas Fisher-Ryner will work with you to create new monologues for actors to perform.


  • Actors, are you ready to pour yourselves into scripts from the next-gen of young writing talent? We have two masterclasses packed with advice and tips to help you level up your craft before you film a brand-new monologue performance.

Drama Key Dates

  • Mon 3 Aug
    ACTING 3pm-4:30pm
    : Monologue workshop with Stella Odunlami & Hammed Animashuan (Barbershop Chronicles)
    WRITING 5pm-6:30pm: Creating monologues and duologues with Jas Fisher-Ryner (Writer & Producer)
  • Tue 4 Aug
    THEATRE INDUSTRY 2pm-3pm: Q&A with Lynette Linton and Daniel Bailey (Artistic Team, Bush Theatre)
    WRITING 3:30pm-4:30pm: Editing monologues and duologues with Jas Fisher-Ryner
  • Wed 5 Aug:
    ACTING 5pm-6pm: Self Tape Workshop with Andre Fyffe (Actor & Producer)
  • Thu 6 Aug:
    ACTING & WRITING: Opportunity to film your monologue or duologue on Hackney Empire Stage



  • Dancers, has lockdown restricted your ability to develop and practice new moves? Boy Blue choreographer Olivia Shouler will lead two dance workshops to teach new choreography and support dancers who need to train inside.

Dance Key Dates

  • Wed 5 Aug 3pm-4:30pm
    Dance Workshop Part 1
  • Thu 6 Aug 3pm-4:30pm
    Dance Workshop Part 2
  • Wed 12 Aug
    If you’re an artist, you need to be at the top of your game mentally and physically. Track Mafia will lead a group workout/run to help develop healthy habits and fire up your creativity.



  • Thu 6 Aug 5pm
    Do you want to get into fashion design? We’ll be hosting a very special Q&A to give you insider industry info on how to get your foot in the door and what to expect as you build your brand.
  • Tue 11 Aug
    Is fashion styling your thing? A very special stylist will host a Q&A exploring how to put together an iconic look, how to build confidence in your work and how to get your name out there.



An exclusive look into some of those jobs behind the scenes that make the magic happen – more details coming soon.

  • EVENTS – Fri 7 Aug
    Do you want to put on your own parties and events? We will be giving you a front row seat with someone who creates and develops events for a job, having worked with some of the world’s biggest brands.
  • VIDEOGRAPHY – Fri 7 Aug
    Do you feel more at home behind the camera? This videography masterclass will help you understand what you can create with the tools at your fingertips, alongside giving you an insight into developing and creating your own filmed content and what to do with it once it’s ready for the big (or small) screen.


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