Organisation Hall for Cornwall
Title Community Development Manager
How long in post? Two years
t: 01872 321964
What does your organisation do?
Hall for Cornwall is one of the largest venues in the South West. It is five years old and presents over 250 live performances each year, supported by over 300 participatory projects.
What does your job involve?
Commissioning and directing plays with young people and professionals, making large and small theatre pieces; overseeing the education and projects departments, the youth theatre, adult training company, and outreach work; working with the other senior managers on corporate and organisational issues; raising funds and controlling our annual departmental turnover of £70,000; working with the Director to develop the artistic vision and programming plan.
Who else have you worked for and what did you do?
I was Junior Associate Director at The New Vic, Stoke on Trent, and most recently was Project Director at The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury and ran the Education Department at The Oxford Playhouse.
What do you enjoy most about your present post?
Making our vision for theatre in Cornwall develop, allowing people from all walks of life to enjoy theatre.
What do you find most difficult in your present post?
Finding enough time to generate better financial and artistic resources.
What is your career ambition?
To continue making challenging and exciting theatre for audiences old and new, and encouraging electrifying work to originate and develop in our theatre.
Who has influenced your career to date the most – and why?
My boss Tim Brinkman and colleagues Grahame Morris and Peter Cheeseman. They are inspiring thinkers and originators.
If you could have done any job, what would it be?
Direct a theatre piece with Richard Jones and Michael Grandage.
If you had three wishes for the future of the arts, what would they be?
• That regional theatres continue to flourish and grow
• That real commitment – in time and creative thought – is given to developing new audiences
• That we continue to nurture emerging arts leaders and theatre-makers.