Caroline, who will take up her position at the theatre on April 29, is currently the creative school consultant for The Mighty Creatives, the regional development agency for young people’s creativity based in Leicester.
Her new role at Derby Theatre will involve her working closely with, and alongside, artistic director, Sarah Brigham, the rest of the theatre staff and the theatre arts academic staff, lecturers and students.
The job will link directly into the Learning Theatre Pilot Programme and will be especially focussing on two of the theatres aims – to become a national exemplar for education and training in theatre and provide the University of Derby with a distinctive proposition for students looking to study arts-related subjects and secondly to engage the creative ability of Derbyshire communities and to embrace and nurture existing and emerging talent in the region.
Sarah said: “I’m delighted to welcome Caroline to the theatre’s senior management team. As we move forward with our ambitious plan to become a unique resource which produces professional theatre and also has a learning vision at its heart, including the inclusion of the University of Derby undergraduate theatre programmes, Caroline’s role will be key.”
Caroline developed her love of theatre through many performances in Cheshire Youth Theatre and Chester Little Theatre. After gaining a BA Hons Degree in English and drama at Sheffield University, Caroline formed and ran her own Sheffield- based Theatre in Education Company, Pageant Theatre. For three years, Pageant toured curriculum and issue-based shows to primary and secondary schools. Alongside her two partners, she wrote, directed and performed in this work.
Prior to working for The Mighty Creatives; Caroline worked in numerous other roles across the UK including the director of creative partnerships, Derby, part of a national programme to support creativity across the curriculum in schools and colleges.
Along with her composer husband, Caroline also writes music for a new label, Zeamu Music which produces pop-music for five-11 year olds.