Mitchell Arts Centre appoints Artistic Directors to launch innovative programme
'The MAC' as it has now become known, has appointed four part time Artistic Directors, to work alongside General Manager Harriet Jackson and the Trustee Board, to develop professional and new community led activities:
- Robert Marsden, freelance theatre director and Associate Professor in Directing at Staffordshire University will take up the post as Artistic Director for its Theatre strand. Marsden also wishes to ensure that graduate and emerging companies can find a home at the Mitchell Arts Centre through his strong links with Staffordshire University.
- Deborah McAndrew will lead on the creative writing programme. Deborah’s current work includes Hard Times for Northern Broadsides, Christmas Carol for Hull Truck and won the UK Theatre Award for An August Bank Holiday Lark.
- Ben McManus, currently CEO of Wavemaker based within the MAC heads up the digital programme of work, including workshops in digital upskilling.
- Matt Hubbard, a director of Reels in Motion will co-ordinate an expanded Film programme.
Initial theatre work will see local companies such as Bottle Kiln theatre develop new work, whilst established companies such as Polka and Selladoor Worldwide will bring their touring work to the venue.
The aim is to continue to make the arts accessible to all, and ensure The MAC meets the needs of the city's residents - building upon the legacy of innovator and Spitfire designer Reginald Mitchell, whose legacy inspired the building of the centre in 1957.
That includes bringing new cultural opportunities through the live streaming of national and international theatre, dance, and opera, within an arts setting.
Funds were raised by applying to the Community Investment Fund, which has allowed the installation of equipment to stream performances from the likes of the National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Donmar Warehouse, Bolshoi Ballet and English National Opera.
The production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake will be the first to be broadcast live on Tuesday 12 June at 7.15pm.