Founded as a squat in the old Diorama building by Regent's Park in the 1970s, and incorporated as a charity in 1981, the organisation has occupied several buildings and interim spaces around the West Euston area since then. Since 2013, our permanent home is a purpose-built complex in the Regent's Place campus and our studios are home to a busy schedule of rehearsals, workshops, readings, castings, film and photo shoots, and events.
ODAC is a creation centre: a shared home for the live arts, creative industries and local community to make. We have spaces for development, rather than presentation and we're beginning a journey towards a renewed focus on interdisciplinary live work, across and between form and genre.
Always fiercely independent and predominantly self-funded, Old Diorama Arts Centre has started its 40th anniversary year in 2021 under the new leadership of Creative Director & Chief Executive Daniel Pitt. We're beginning a refreshed phase of development, seeking to build on our role as a hub for making, towards new strategic directions.