An exciting new era begins at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon’s canal-side centre for the arts and entertainment in 2019 as David Wilson is appointed to the post of Theatre Director.
David, who started in the new post in early January, quickly discovered how community driven Brecon’s theatre is, with tickets for the YFC entertainment festival going on sale and selling out, as well as a run of sold out shows of Sleeping Beauty from group The Westenders all taking place in his first two weeks!
David’s last role was as Director of Porter’s, an entertainment led city centre venue in Cardiff and home to The Other Room, Wales’ first permanent Pub Theatre. Porter’s is the inaugural winner of the Cardiff Life Awards Best Place to Drink, the 2017 winner of the PRS National Music Makeover Prize and a regular UK runner up on The Observer Food Monthly Annual Awards. The Other Room established itself as a theatrical force winning many accolades and awards for its work and in 2015 won The Stage Award for Best Fringe Venue in the UK, the first time this has been won by a venue outside of London.
David has vast experience in leading and managing organisationsand in addition to Porter’s he has been Deputy Director and Company Secretary for National Dance Company Wales, Executive Director at Actorsworkshop based at Chapter and has been a guest lecturer at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on the Arts Management MA programme.
In 2011 he was chosen to join the Clore Leadership Programme as Wales’ Fellow funded by the Arts Council of Wales and became a fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts, through which David developed a strong sense of leadership alongside his extensive knowledge of the theatre industry having worked in a variety of art forms including musicals, pub theatre, community productions and contemporary dance.
David’s appointment is sure to begin a period of evolution at Theatr Brycheiniog, with his priorities in this post to include increasing the accessibility, inclusivity and diversity of the programme alongside the Theatre’s role in developing and supporting the work created by our communities, groups and artists in and around Brecon.
About his appointment, David said...
I am delighted to join the team at Theatr Brycheiniog and I am relishing the opportunity to develop the cultural and artistic offer of the Theatre in the National Park. I have been a long-time admirer of the stage, canal basin location and Brecon town itself and I cannot wait to meet with and join the people of Brecon and South Powys at shows and arts events.
Theatr Brycheiniog’s staff and board are thrilled to have David join the team and can’t wait for you to see what exciting ideas he has for the future of the theatre.
Theatr Brycheiniog is a registered charity, number 1005327, funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Powys County Council and Brecon Town Council.
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Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon’s Centre for the Arts opened in April 1997, as the first wholly funded Lottery new build arts organisation in the UK. The Arts Centre is situated in one of the most picturesque locations of any venue in the UK. Built alongside the canal basin in the heart of Brecon, serving the town and surrounding areas of Powys, Monmouthshire and beyond, it is rooted firmly in the community it serves. The venue currently provides a varied programme of theatre, dance, music and entertainment in its purpose built 478 seat auditorium and 120-seat studio/rehearsal space. It also hosts an exhibition programme in the Gallery.
The Arts Centre serves not only its community through an outstanding programme of quality professional English and Welsh language production, but it is also home to the Brecon Baroque Festival, which attracts audiences and visitors nationally and internationally. The Gallery exhibits local, national and international artists, with spaces for hire for community and commercial use and ourWaterfront serves a varied locally sourced menu.
Theatr Brycheiniog is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Powys County Council andBrecon Town Council.