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Your Voice Matters - Creative Lead biographies


Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Chief Executive, James Mackenzie-Blackman has launched a year-long series of conversations under the banner ‘Your Voice Matters’ that will help steer the organisation’s artistic and creative development.

To manage this ambitious project, TRP will be working with a team of independent creative industry experts, led by Producer David Micklem which includes Angie Bual, Suba Das, Emma Gladstone, Ned Glasier Laura Horton. They will be facilitating the sessions and contributing to a report and action plan.

The first set of conversation is for people working in the performing arts sector with a call-out for individuals to join one of a series of workshops that will consider what creative and artistic leadership of TRP could look like in the 21st Century.

Read more about Your Voice Matters and register your interest in joining a session here

David Micklem

David Micklem is a writer and arts consultant with a long track record of working across the cultural sector. As a producer, programmer and arts leader, he has played a central role in some of the most talked-about performance projects of the last two decades, including Punchdrunk’s mould-breaking The Masque of the Red Death, Royal de Luxe’s The Sultan’s Elephant and WildWorks’ BABEL. He is the co-founder of 64 Million Artists and is the former Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre.

Angie Bual

Angie is the Artistic Director of Trigger. She is Creative Director for landmark public art events like, The Hatchling which will lead the Queens Platinum Jubliee following a premiere in Plymouth. She is currently helming PoliNations, an Unboxed /Birmingham 2022 project. She is a Clore Fellow and a winner of the Creative Producer Arts Foundation Award.

Angie is a Creative Fellow as part of the Bristol City Fellows, and is a member of the London Area Council of Arts Council England.

Suba Das

Creative Director Designate – Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse

Currently Suba is Artistic Director and Chief Executive of new writing company HighTide. Previously Associate Director at Leicester Curve, overseeing all of Artist Development and Community Engagement. He has been a Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and for English Touring Theatre. His directing credits also include work for the Royal Opera House, Young Vic, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nottingham Playhouse, Northern Stage and The Roundhouse.

Suba is a Trustee of the North Music Trust (Sage Gateshead); the Coram Shakespeare Schools Festival; and The Theatres Trust.

Emma Gladstone OBE

Independent Arts Programmer, and former Artistic Director & CEO, Dance Umbrella

Emma works across the cultural and creative industries, developing innovative approaches to performance and research with artists and arts organisations. Current partners include the BBC, Big Pulse (Creative Europe), and ArtsCross (UK/China).  From 2013–2021 Emma was Artistic Director & Chief Executive of Dance Umbrella, expanding the festival’s reach to over 50 locations in 17 London boroughs.  From 2005 – 2013 she was Artistic Programmer, Sadler’s Wells , pioneering new work for younger audiences and establishing the Research Programme. Recent advisory work has taken her to Chile, India, South Korea and Hong Kong. Before programming Emma danced with Arlene Phillips, Lea Anderson, and co-founded Adventures in Motion Pictures with Sir Matthew Bourne. She is Chair of Siobhan Davies Studios, and a Trustee at Aesop (Arts and Health) and Dartington Trust.

Ned Glasier

Artistic Director – Company Three

A theatre director, writer and consultant, working primarily with young people and non-professional makers and performers.

Ned makes space for teenagers and community participants to speak about things that are important to them, and to make plays together that create change. His creative process is rooted in listening and a collaborative way of working that means participants have genuine agency in the creation of theatre.

As well as directing, writing and facilitating, Ned teaches on various University courses, runs training courses and works as a consultant to theatre companies, arts organisations and community groups.

Laura Horton

Playwright and Plymouth Laureate of Words 2021-22

Laura Horton is a publicist and playwright. She has worked in PR for the last fourteen years, from in-house at Theatre Royal Plymouth, National Theatre and Somerset House to freelance across the arts and education. In 2020 she wrote and produced her first film, A Summer of Birds, for Plymouth Fringe (Toast of the Fringe). Plays include: Triptych, Theatre Royal Plymouth; Labyrinth Diet; The Space Theatre (ONCOMM award); Giddy Tuppy, The Space (ONCOMM award). She is an artistic associate of The Space (digital), who support arts organisations and artists to develop work and reach audiences online. She was also listed in The Stage 100 in 2021 for her work lobbying and campaigning with her project Theatre Stories, which seeks to change public perceptions about who theatre is for.