New role announced at Derby Theatre

Picture by Ursula Kelly

Derby Theatre has appointed Stuart Allen in the new role of Senior Producer, a role that will support the theatre’s artistic team to facilitate their ever-growing professional produced theatre programme.

This new role for Stuart, who hails from Derbyshire, will see him returning to the venue, after he worked as a freelance Casting Director and Administrator for Derby Playhouse 12 years ago.

Over the past six years, Stuart has worked for international dance
agency Dance4. Stuart worked as Producer: Artists for the Nottingham-based arts and dance organisation, having previously held the position of Assistant Producer.

Stuart, pictured, led on the commissioning, producing and
touring of performance work by regional, national and international choreographers and dance artists, as well as programming dance with partner venues across the East Midlands and nationally.

After moving to Dance4’s new home, the international Centre for Choreography in May 2016, Stuart continued to develop and grow Dance4’s residency and artist development programmes, most recently working with Nottingham Playhouse to develop a network for D/deaf and Disabled theatre and dance artists in the East Midlands.

Stuart also worked on the curation and producing of Nottdance 2015 and 2017, Dance4’s international festival of choreography and dance, taking place biennially across the city of Nottingham.

Additionally to having worked for Dance4, Stuart co-directs Nottingham Theatre of Citizens funded by FunDays in Nottinghamshire. The group of learning disabled adults co-devise two productions a year, as well as learning technical and producing skills.

Prior to working at Dance4, Stuart worked at Oxford Playhouse for over four years in a variety of administrative, programming and producing roles before, becoming Assistant Producer for Oxford Playhouse and resident company Shared Experience. As Assistant Producer, Stuart led on the creation of new performances, as well as touring productions and co-productions across the UK.

Stuart has also sat on the Board of Wirksworth Festival and Border Crossings, and now sits on the Board of LEVEL. Based in Rowsley, Derbyshire, LEVEL pioneers the transformative power of the arts to enrich the creative lives of people with learning disabilities.

During Stuart’s 12-year career in the arts, he’s received a number of significant bursaries, including in 2012, the Rupert Rhymes Bursary from the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre. The award enabled Stuart to undertake producing placements and mentoring with renowned international festivals, Under the Radar, New York and PuSh Festival, Vancouver.

Stuart said: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Derby Theatre in the new role as Senior Producer. It’s an exciting time to be joining the Theatre as it continues to go from strength to strength, and through an increase in Arts Council England’s National Portfolio funding, produce more productions for audiences locally and nationally.

“I was born and raised in Derbyshire, so I am really excited to be returning to the Theatre (then Derby Playhouse) where I had my first theatrical experience as a teenager and where I began my arts career 12 years ago.”

Sarah Brigham (Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Derby Theatre) said: “I am absolutely delighted that Stuart will be joining the team at Derby Theatre. Stuart has a wealth of experience in working in many roles in arts organisations across the UK, and has a brilliant and enviable breadth of knowledge and expertise in many areas within the sector.

“I feel confident that Stuart’s infectious energy and passion for the arts, and the job he does, will complement, and have a positive impact on, the team here at the Theatre. I very much look forward to working with him and seeing how his role, and his invaluable input, will positively impact on us as an organisation and the produced show programming decisions we make moving forward.”