Artistic Director; London – 2006 – 2015
Kazzum is about theatre – the theatrical experience – which we believe works as well in a festival field as on a traditional stage. In a classroom as well as in a car park. We create work for young audiences, who are the most discerning and we ensure that we entertain and inspire them.
As Artistic Director at Kazzum I worked with a diverse range of artists and theatre makers to create new, exciting and engaging shows. Our aim was always to push the boundaries of what theatre could be and present professional and accessible theatre in unusual places. This involved managing a large portfolio of projects and leading on the strategic development of the company both artistically and financially which included business planning, evaluating, reporting to stakeholders and ensuring the company was legally and financially sound. I managed a variety of core, freelance staff and trustees which required effectively communicating the companies interests and priorities to ensure we continued to be relevant and sustainable within the children and young people’s sector.
At Kazzum I didn’t do traditional shows or have audiences sitting in rows in a theatre. I DID have them move around, get involved and be part of the action. I created all our shows from scratch, working with the best professionals, often from outside children’s arts. So Kazzum’s work was always fresh, playful and unexpected, bringing children and young people new ways of understanding and exploring the world around them. I want theatre to be as dynamic as the world in which young people live.