The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has appointed Louisa Davies as its first Head of Creative Programme. The new role has been made possible with the award of National Portfolio funding from Arts Council England (ACE) for the first time from April 2018.
Louisa Davies was previously Events Manager at the Royal Shakespeare Company, responsible for developing a programme of activity to animate the theatre buildings for daytime visitors, and opening up main stage productions and Shakespeare’s plays to the widest possible audience.
Louisa also works as independent creative producer on a range of projects incorporating theatre, spoken word, outdoor arts and music. She is one of 15 producers on Creative Producers International, an ACE Ambition for Excellence funded-scheme run by the Watershed in Bristol. Currently her portfolio also includes storytelling producers Adverse Camber, and filmmaker/ photographer Adrian Burrows.
For ten years, she was Producer, Performing Arts at MAC Birmingham. Her tenure at MAC included the organisation’s £15m Building Project where she managed the commissioning and delivery of audience development and public art projects to mark the reopening.
Louisa has a Masters Degree in European Cultural Policy and Administration from the University of Warwick, and is a semi-professional musician. She is also a board member of Birmingham-based theatre company The Bone Ensemble, and has previously served on the boards of Foursight Theatre and The Other Way Works.
Delia Garratt, Director of Cultural Engagement at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust said, “We are delighted to welcome Louisa to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as we embark on ambitious plans to transform the way people see and think about Shakespeare. Louisa brings a wealth of experience to help us deliver a compelling programme of artistic activity that will offer fresh creative interpretations of our historic properties, our collections and our learning programmes.”