The Theatres Trust’s 7th annual conference took place at St James Theatre, the splendid new 312-seat venue in the heart of Victoria in London.
With contributions from senior figures running theatres, representatives from the public and private sector, and professional specialists, Conference 13 looked at how theatres can thrive as commercial and community assets, build relationships, and develop the spaces and facilities to foster inclusion, sustainable communities and improve people’s wellbeing. The conference also considered how theatres can create a more resilient future through using their buildings to achieve financial self-sufficiency through their estate and ownership of their theatres.
The title of this year’s conference, thriving theatres was in part provocative – as many theatres consider the question of how best to survive in these austere times and deal with major changes in the role of the public sector to both deliver and fund services. It was also a call to all those who aspire towards a thriving economy, more engaged communities, healthier people and innovation, to see that theatres can provide solutions.
Conference 13 set out to show how theatres are thriving places, full of energy, vitality, people and creativity and how they are places which encourage and develop positive bonding, bridging and linking with others and build the social and cultural capital needed to strengthen our communities, and shape better places.
thriving theatres provided an opportunity to hear from theatres that were undertaking capital projects and initiatives designed to help them thrive into the future. Conference 13 provided the chance to meet and share ideas with other theatres, professional specialists, government and arts policy makers, theatre consultants and architects.
The Conference Fee included a light lunch and attendance at the Conference Reception.
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Vikki Heywood CBE, Chairman
Nigel Hugill, Chair, The Royal Shakespeare Company and
Executive Chairman, Urban&Civic
Dave Moutrey, Director & Chief Executive, Cornerhouse & Library Theatre Company
Anna Stapleton, Administrative Director, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Ruth Mackenzie CBE
Deborah Aydon, Executive Director, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse
Ian Pratt, Vice Chairman and Technical Director, Kings Theatre Southsea
Jessica Hepburn, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive, Lyric Hammersmith
Jiselle Steele, Regional Team and Partnerships Manager, Livity, somewhereto_
Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive, Northamptonshire Arts Management Trust
Martin Halliday, Chief Executive, Lowestoft Marina
Flick Rea, Chair, Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, Local Government Association
Baroness Hanham CBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DCLG
Alan Bishop, Chief Executive, Southbank Centre
Trudi Elliott CBE, Chief Executive, The Royal Town Planning Institute
Nica Burns, Chief Executive and co-proprietor, Nimax Theatres Ltd
Peter Steer, Director, Derby Hippodrome Preservation Trust
Jim Beirne, Chief Executive, Live Theatre, Newcastle
Colin Marr, Director, Eden Court, Inverness
Gemma Playford, Senior Project Manager, Arup
Neil Constable, Chief Executive, Shakespeare’s Globe, London
Jack Mellor, Theatre Manager, Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Tom Morris, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic
thriving theatres was produced by The Theatres Trust
Conference Organiser: Angela Bond
Conference Reporter: Fin Kennedy
Sponsorship Consultant: Nicky Rowland
Production Manager: Andy Shewan
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