From the oldest theatre to the newest – programme and speakers for Theatres Trust Conference 18: Adapt & Thrive announced

Theatres Trust Conference 18: Adapt & Thrive will take place on Tuesday 16 October at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, exploring how changing artistic, business and operating models in the theatre sector are impacting on how we build, adapt and run theatres.

Through a mixture of inspiring plenaries and lively breakout sessions, 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 oldest running 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.

They will be joined by an impressive line-up of contributors from the worlds of theatre, architecture and design, politics, local government and the wider cultural sector including: Gavin Barlow, CEO & Artistic Director, The Albany Deptford; Julien Boast, CEO & Creative Director, Hall for Cornwall; Paul Dobson, Director, Stockton-On-Tees Council; Helen Grassly, Consultant, Burrell Foley Fischer; Sam Hodges, Director, Nuffield Southampton Theatres; Judith Kilvington, Executive Director, Citizens Theatre; Paul Monaghan, Director, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris; Gillian Miller, Chief Executive, Liverpool’s Royal Court; James Nelmes, Associate Director, Bennetts Associates; Sebastian Warrack, Executive Director, Wiltshire Creative.


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