Announcement of new speakers for the 2022 theater and touring symposium

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Today (Monday 6 June), the Society of London Theater (SOLT) and UK Theater announced the next set of speakers who will take part in this month’s Theater & Touring Symposium, taking place both at The Brewery, London and online Monday, June 27, 2022, sponsored by Ecclesiastical, Spektrix, Tysers, Theater Tokens and Yesplan.

Keynote speaker Bernard Donoghue OBE, Managing Director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), will open the conference, with Rachel Tackley (Creative Director, Riverfront Studios) lead a discussion session questioning the main themes of Bernard’s presentation. Ameena Hamid (Corporate Director and Creative Producer, Ameena Hamid Productions), who will deliver the closing keynote, will be one of The Stage 25’s “directors to watch in 2022 and beyond,” which will reflect on the general theme of the conference – “A new landscape for theatre”.

Appearing during the conference’s opening roundtable, highlighting the challenges the industry faces in programming, attracting audiences to drama, and competing for consumers’ leisure time and spending, are Jonathan Church ECB (Director, Jonathan Church theatrical productions), Natalie Ibou (Artistic Director and Co-General Manager, Northern Stage) and Stuart Griffiths OBE (Director of Programming, ATG), during a panel discussion moderated by Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp CBE (Co-General Manager Eclipse Theatre, Acting Executive Director Inc Arts).

Addressing one of the biggest challenges facing the industry today, Jo Crowley (Executive Producer, 1927) and Rebekah Jones (Executive Producer, Curve Leicester) join our panel to discuss the issue of production and touring costs , in the context of global disruption and an impending recession

Representing both the former British City of Culture and the newly announced one, Chenine Bhathena MBE (Creative Director, Coventry City of Culture 2021) will be joined by Nicola Greenwood (Head of Cultural Partnerships, Bradford City Council) to discuss the benefits for local areas of city development. Culture applications and Local Cultural Plans.

Jamie Snelgrove (Business Development and Relationship Manager, Theater Tokens) and Nathan Naylor (Theatre Tokens Manager) will focus on practical solutions to the current challenges of bringing audiences back to theater post-pandemic, and reveal how one-to-one marketing and new channels of distribution can increase theater ticket sales.

Other names just announced include Elspeth Barron (Project Coordinator, Chichester Festival Theatre) and Jason Culverwell (Technical Director, National Theatre) who present practical solutions for integrating sustainability into our working practices, during a discussion moderated by Phill Brown (Head of Risk and Security, SOLT Theatre/UK).

Also appearing are Jennie Green (Owner, Great Leap Forward) on stemming the drain of talent from the industry, facilitated by George Perrin MBE (Coach, Consultant and Creative), and Carmel Cardona (Founding Partner, The Leadership Collective) and Sarah Holmes (Chief Executive, New Wolsey, Ipswich) explore how to make our workplaces more inclusive.

Other speakers will be announced in the coming days.

Reservations are now open for the Theater & Tour Symposium. For more information and to book your tickets go to https://hopin.com/events/theatre-touring-symposium/registration.

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