October 26, 2015

Jude Kelly CBE joins The Performance Theatre advisory board

Theatre director and producer Jude Kelly CBE has joined The Performance Theatre Foundation as an advisory board member.

Theatre director and producer Jude Kelly CBE has joined The Performance Theatre Foundation as an advisory board member. She is currently the artistic director of the Southbank Centre in London, which oversees the Royal Festival Hall, Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Saison Poetry Library and the Art Council Collection. Kelly – who has represented Britain within UNESCO, served on the Cultural Olympiad Board and is also the founder of the WOW – Women of the World Festival – joins The Performance Theatre board at an exciting time.

Rick Haythornthwaite, chairman of The Performance Theatre, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Jude Kelly to the board. We want The Performance Theatre experience to be an expertly curated exploration for leaders. At a time of global uncertainty and political stress we create a safe space for world leaders to learn, reflect, discuss and think the unthinkable about future growth models. Jude’s vast experience in theatre and the arts, and her charismatic style, are tremendously valuable and I know she can help us take the design and staging of the theatre to new and special heights.”

Jude Kelly added:

“I am delighted to join the advisory board of The Performance Theatre. I believe in the power of the arts to transform lives and through the programme at the Southbank Centre have encouraged debate and engagement around many difficult issues that face us all. I know that The Performance Theatre shares my approaches and ideals, and I look forward to working with the organisation to demonstrate the vital role that the arts can play at the centre of impactful thought leadership.”

As a director, Kelly’s production of Singin’ in the Rain was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production. Among many other renowned performers, she has directed Sir Ian McKellen in The Seagull and The Tempest, Patrick Stewart in Johnson over Jordan and Othello and Dawn French in When We Are Married.