Theatres Trust Conference 18: Adapt & Thrive

Conference 18: Adapt & Thrive - new money and new models for theatre buildings  

Conference 18: Adapt & Thrive will examine how changing artistic, business and operating models in the theatre sector are impacting on how we build, adapt and run our theatres so they are fit for purpose and continue to thrive. 

The conference will look at how we can ensure our theatres remain viable in challenging economic times and how we can continue to invest in renewal of our theatre infrastructure.

Joining Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism and Cameron Mackintosh, Producer and Theatre Owner will be speakers from Bristol Old Vic, arguably the country’s longest continuously operating theatre and Manchester’s Factory, probably the newest, discussing how they are adapting to new artistic and business models.

Emma Stenning, Chief Executive, Bristol Old Vic and Jack Tilbury, Director at consultancy Plann will share their experiences of working together to increase the viability and revenue at Bristol Old Vic. John McGrath, CEO & Artistic Director Manchester International Festival / Factory will talk about creating the UK’s most flexible performance venue at Manchester’s Factory.

Conference attendees will be the first to see the key findings of the capital works sector survey that the Theatres Trust has carried out in partnership with UK Theatre, providing insight on the scale, type and value of work needed and identifying trends in building type and geography.

Arts Council England Director of Strategic Partnerships, Paul Bristow, will be trailing the findings of the Cultural Cities Enquiry into future models for investment in culture as well as discussing the Arts Council’s draft 10 Year Strategy 2020-2030.

Social entrepreneur, Lord Andrew Mawson will offer his unique perspective on the balance of responsibility between the state, community and private sectors for investing in and shaping our communities.

The session will close with a panel discussion on the future capital needs of the theatre sector and what new models of investment we need to develop. The panel will include Paul Bristow, Judith Kilvington from subsidised theatre Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and Julian Russell, CEO of commercial theatre operator HQ Theatres & Hospitality, and they will be joined by a developer and local authority representative (names to be confirmed).

Find out more about the programme, speakers and sponsors.             

Book your ticket to Conference 18: Adapt & Thrive.

Join and become a Theatres Trust Friend or Corporate Supporter now and receive 10% discount on your ticket price. Or if you are already a member, Theatre at Risk campaign group or student, contact us to receive your code.

The Conference is generously sponsored and supported by a diverse group of theatre service companies and product manufacturers, consultancies and industry organisations including:  

Conference 18 Sponsors Block

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