Find out more about our new Learning and Participation Manager Charlotte Hall in this exclusive interview...
You previously worked for Theatre Royal in Winchester, can you tell us about your role there?
I was the Community Outreach Manager and a major part of my job was managing the Youth Theatre, which has over 150 members engaging on a weekly basis. It was really exciting to be looking after such a large group, who were regularly producing work for the main stage, and seeing first-hand the benefits that come from young people participating in the arts. Other highlights for me were working with the organisations Silver Stage group – a group of performers aged 65 and over. I am really looking forward to continuing my work with the older generation, through the Ageing Creatively programme here at the Corn Exchange.
What do you like most about working for the Corn Exchange?
I absolutely love everything the Corn Exchange stands for and I am proud of its status as a flagship venue for the region. In particular, I am passionate about the way the organisation places such importance on their work with the local community, this combined with the trail blazing work at 101 makes every day different and really genuinely thrilling.
What exciting things are on the horizon for the Learning and Participation team?
Obviously the opening of the brand new Learning Centre in September and the possibilities that having this dedicated space for our participatory activity presents. The centre will provide so much potential for developing new work and allow us to reach more people. Some other highlights for me are the new strand of work for under 5's and our newly announced youth theatre.
Can you tell us some more about the new Youth Theatre?
I'm so excited to be part of our new Youth Theatre programme, which is ambitious in scale and achieving artistic excellence.
On so many occasions I have seen what a positive impact these groups can have on young people and with the chance to take part in professional standard performances, working with musical directors, set and costume designers, I know it will be something they will never forget. I can’t wait!
What are you looking forward to most in Autumn 2017?
It has to be panto! I wouldn’t have called myself a panto fanatic before I joined the Corn Exchange, but I have most definitely been converted...