Curve is strengthening and expanding its Artistic Team to further develop both the work on the venues stages and out in the surrounding communities. Suba Das (Associate Director, Community Engagement) and Tim Ford (Associate Director, Participation and Learning) will work with Curve’s Artistic Director, Paul Kerryson, contributing to artistic planning and to the initiation of a range of creative activities that reflect and engage with Leicester’s wide ranging and culturally diverse audiences and communities.
“Our new artistic strategy proudly places working with, and engaging with, our community at the heart of our organisation. Suba and Tim join the team at an exciting time for Curve. Their expertise will significantly increase our commitment to our public engagement programmes. They bring a wealth of experience with them and we are really thrilled to welcome them to the Curve team and to the City.”
Fiona Allan, Chief Executive and Paul Kerryson, Artistic Director, Curve
Suba Das is a director of classical and site-specific work. Previously the youngest ever Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio, he joins Curve’s Artistic Team following directorial projects with the Young Vic, the Almeida and Old Vic Tunnels.
"I'm delighted to be joining Curve. As an experimental theatre maker my work revolves around attracting non-traditional theatregoers to fantastic, immersive experiences. I hope to offer something of that to Leicester’s communities and find new and surprising ways to use the incredible architecture of Curve. I’m looking forward to discovering the astonishing local artists creating work, be that through drama, dance, music or visual arts; and finding ways in which Curve can both nurture and challenge its local creative community.”
Suba Das, Associate Director, Community Engagement
Tim Ford joins Curve from The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. He brings a wealth of expertise especially in programming productions and activities for children, young people and family audiences. Tim previously worked as a director at Birmingham Rep and The Point Theatre and has also led many workshops and projects for the National Association of Youth Theatre’s, The National Youth Theatre and the National Student Drama Festival.
“Leicester is a young and vibrant city and I am really excited at the prospect of harnessing that creative energy both within our communities and in our fabulous building. This is an exciting time for Curve and Leicester and I am really delighted to be part of it.”
Tim Ford, Associate Director, Participation and Learning
Both Associate Directors will direct projects as well as focus on developing a deeper and more artistically led engagement with Leicester’s Festivals and celebrations, expanding opportunities for community members to perform at Curve, strengthening artistic and audience development links and creating a programme of activity to animate Curve’s public spaces, including regular free foyer events and exhibitions.
Tim Ford will also lead Curve’s Young Arts Entrepreneurs project which the organisation secured a quarter of a million pounds of funding to run over the next three years.
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Notes to editors
· Suba Das trained on the prestigious Arts Council/ Birkbeck MFA in Theatre Directing, through which he spent a year as Resident Assistant Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East which led to his role as the youngest ever director-in-residence at the National Theatre Studio. In 2010, Suba co-founded the theatre and training company Custom/Practice, which seeks to connect diverse practitioners with the best classical practice. In 2011, Suba was selected by the Old Vic as one of seven young directors sent to New York to represent the best of British talent through the TS Eliot Exchange. He was also one of six young directors awarded a production bursary by Old Vic New Voices/Ideastap as part of the Coming Up Later Festival. Suba is also delighted to be one of 16 artists invited to join the World Stages London Mentoring Circle.
· Tim Ford has always had a passion for theatre and developing young artists. For the last two years he was the Participation Director at The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton where he was also the Director of Hampshire County Youth Theatre. Before working at The Nuffield Theatre Tim was a director at The Birmingham REP and The Point Theatre. Tim is a Board member of The National Association of Youth Theatres.
· In September 2011, Curve announced that it had been successful in securing £240,000 of funding to support the delivery of a three year arts led social change programme to develop young arts entrepreneurs in Leicester and Leicestershire. The funding is being provided by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation with additional support also gratefully received from D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.