Conference 18: Programme

Through a mixture of inspiring plenaries and lively breakouts, Conference 18: Adapt & Thrive will look at how we can ensure our theatres remain viable in challenging economic times and how we can continue to invest in their renewal.

There is a Morning and Afternoon Breakout where you can choose to attend one of the two sessions. You do not need to book these in advance. Further contributors and specific event timings will be announced in due course.

Registration from 8.30am


Jon Morgan, Director, Theatres Trust

Plenary | New Spaces, New Models    

How are the UK's oldest and newest theatres adapting to new artistic and business models? 

Speakers include: Emma King, Capital Director, The Factory, John McGrath, CEO & Artistic Director Manchester International Festival / The Factory, Emma Stenning, Chief Executive, Bristol Old Vic, Jack Tilbury, Plann, Steve Tompkins, Director, Haworth Tompkins

Morning Breakout Option 1 | Viability by Design    

How are theatres being designed and adapted to increase revenue and reduce running costs?

Speakers include: Julien Boast, CEO & Creative Director, Hall for Cornwall, Annika Brown, Building Project Manager, Ovalhouse, Helen Grassly, Consultant, Burrell Foley Fischer, Judith Kilvington, Executive Director, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, Stella Kanu, Executive Producer, Ovalhouse, James Nelmes, Associate Director, Bennetts Associates

Session Chair: Paddy Dillon,Theatres Trust Trustee / Paddy Dillon Architect

Morning Breakout Option 2 | Local Collaborations

How are local authorities and theatres working together to increase resilience?

Speakers include: Gavin Barlow, CEO & Artistic Director, The Albany, Deptford,  Liz Dart, Head of Culture and Community Development, Lewisham Council, Paul Dobson, Director, Stockton-On-Tees Council, Adam Durnin, Theatre Manager, Leicester Haymarket, Chris Knight, Technical Director, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Liz Smith, Business Strategy Director, Ambassadors Theatre Group, Sir Peter Soulsby, Leicester City Mayor.

Session Chair: Ruth Eastwood, Theatres Trust Trustee / CEO Blackpool Grand Theatre

Plenary | Cameron Mackintosh in Conversation

Cameron Mackintosh, theatre owner and producer, in conversation with fellow Theatres Trust Ambassador, Samira Ahmed, will share his experience of adapting and renewing some of London’s most iconic theatres to ensure their future resilience and viability.

Afternoon Breakout Option 1 | Beyond These Walls

How are theatres working beyond their four walls to build resilience, diversify programming and reach new audiences?

Speakers include: Laura Case, Executive Director, Theatre Hullabaloo, Darlington, Sam Hodges, Director, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Sebastian Warrack, Executive Director, Wiltshire Creative, Lynda Winstanley, Director, Darlington Hippodrome.

Session Chair: Anna Stapleton, Theatres Trust Trustee / Freelance Arts Manager

Afternoon Breakout Option 2 | Making the Case, Raising the Cash

How are theatres making the case for capital investment and raising the funds for renewal?

Speakers include: David Brownlee, Director of International Strategy, TRG Arts,  Brian Harris, Chair, Streatham Space Project, Dave Hughes, Design Director, MDR Associates, Andy McKeane, Creative Director, Streatham Space Project, Gillian Miller, Chief Executive, Liverpool’s Royal Court, Paul Monaghan, Director, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

Session Chair: Richard Baldwin, Theatres Trust Trustee / Head of Development, Derwent London

Plenary | Investing in the Future of Theatres

What are the future capital needs of the sector and what new models of investment do we need to develop?

Lord Andrew Mawson, Director, Andrew Mawson Partnerships, Tom Stickland, Theatres Adviser, Theatres Trust, Paul Bristow, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Arts Council England. 

Panel discussion:

Speakers include Paul Bristow, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Arts Council England, Judith Kilvington, Executive Director, Citizens Theatre, Rachael Roe, Senior Policy Officer, Culture & Creative Industries, Greater London Authority, Julian Russell, CEO, HQ Theatres & Hospitality

Post-Conference Reception from 5.00pm

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