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Marcus Romer Artistic Director / Producer marcusromer.com Artistic Director / Artistic Associate / Harrogate Theatres, Artistic Associate Theatre Royal Stratford East. Creative Producer Collusion Cambridge, Associate Artist National Theatre Wales. Previously Artistic Director and CEO Pilot Theatre - Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, a post I held for over 20 years until April 2016, when I moved with my family to Cambridge and became freelance. In my time at Pilot I developed the organisation from a small scale schools touring company, to an ACE NPO mid scale company developing new work across the UK with a turnover of £3m. I created and developed 5 EU Culture projects with 10 other countries between 2001 and 2016. In that time I was also the creator and director of 5 Shift Happens conferences UK, and Platform Shift Conferences EU project 2015. TEDx organiser and speaker. Writer and co-Director Universal Pictures feature film ‘The Knife That Killed Me’ 2014. Published playwright in the UK, Europe and USA. Plays translated into German, Danish and French. Directing - Theatre - ‘Let The Right One In’ Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 2019, ’As Long As The Heart Beats’ - National Theatre Wales (NHS70 project) July 2018, ‘Reveal KL’ Collusion, King’s Lynn Nov/Dec 2018, National Touring Productions of Antigone, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Romeo & Juliet, The Fever Chart, Lord of the Flies (5 separate productions between 1998 - 2008), Look Back in Anger, Looking for JJ, Fungus the Bogeyman, Beautiful Thing, The Twits, Sing Yer heart out for the Lads, Bloodtide, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Road, Mirad a boy from Bosnia, Abigail’s Party, Rumble Fish, Taken Without Consent, Out of Their Heads. WC School in Buenos Aires. Producing - Produced Theatre projects with - The Lyric Hammersmith, Theatre Royal Stratford East, (Including three Livestream projects funded by The Space) West Yorkshire Playhouse, York Theatre Royal, Sheffield Theatres, Bolton Octagon, Derby Theatre, The Unicorn, London, Trafalgar Studios, Artsdepot, London, Harrogate Theatre, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Contact Theatre, Wakefield Theatre Royal and Opera House, South Hill Park, ATYP Sydney, University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Bermuda Festival, TDJ, Dresden, TDJ Leipzig, Collusion Cambridge. Projects - Producing and Directing - Creative Director - Eagle Lab Flight for Creative England / Barclays UK. Brighton 2017. Lead Artist Collusion - King’s Lynn Challenge 2017 and Bury St Edmunds 2018. Reveal KL for Collusion - first active Reality project ’Cycle of Songs’ - A participatory project with 1000 people for Cambridge for The Tour de France 2014, Blood and Chocolate - 600 participants across the city every night over a 3 week period York 2013, IIFA awards Bollywood Oscars - directed the Marcus Romer +447774922118 Marcus@Artsbeacon.com


opening sequence for a live stadium audience of 15,000 and a global TV audience of 500 million. ‘5 Circles York’ interactive light installation as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Producing and managing 6 EU network projects with more than 15 countries as part of EU funded network programmes for 15 years since 2001 Directing - Film - ‘The Knife That Killed Me’ Released by Universal Pictures April 2015 - feature film adaptation of novel. Official Selection for Rome Film Festival, Nantes Film Festival, London Independent Film Festival 2014. In the Huffington Posts top 10 films of 2014. Other projects include ‘Get into theatre’ for ACE. IIFA Awards Bollywood Oscars opening film and live sequence. York Mystery Plays 6 camera live stream for The Space and BBC 2012. I co-produced ‘The Works’ film - starring Ralph Fiennes, Sharon D Clarke and Antonia Thomas. Directed by Elliot Barnes-Worrell. BBC ShakespeareLives project 2016. Digital Producer for ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ cinema release March 2018. Awards - TMA / Stage Award Best play for Young people - ‘Looking for JJ’ (adapted and directed). Manchester Evening News (M.E.N) award for best touring production, TMA award nominated best touring production, ‘Lord of the Flies’ 3 M.E.N awards for ‘Beautiful Thing’ with Bolton Octagon. Looking for JJ best production M.E.N nomination Speaking - Conferences - UK Theatre Touring Symposium, London 2016 / 2017. European Theatre Convention Keynote 2017, Digital Futures 2017. Theatre 2016 Conference, Innovation Norway, Tromso 2016. No Boundaries 2017, 2015, 2014, Arts Council England and British Council. Opera Europa Conference Teatro La Fenice Venice 2014, National Theatre 2014, Opera Forum, Royal Opera House 2013, Arts Council Wales 2013. Keynotes and presentations also for BBC Digital Academy, PixelPalace, Arts Council England, UK Theatre, SOLT/TMA, ITC. Created and ran 5 Shift Happens Conferences 2008-2013. Speakers included Sir Ken Robinson, Julie Borchard-Young, Clay Shirky, Howard Rheingold, Julia Unwin and Jonathan Harris. Attended and participated in the TED main conference in the USA from 2007, 2011, 2013. Was a TED Active group speaker and presenter. Co-produced, curated and hosted ‘No Boundaries’ - Arts Council and British Council 2014, and 2015. Cultural Consultancy - 2018, Theatre Peckham, Business Planning and Consultancy, 2017 - Arts Council England / Norwich City Council - with John Knell a new vision for The Halls, Norwich. Chichester Festival Theatre (Digital Strategy) Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Stephen Joseph Theatre (Digital Strategy) Kettle’s Yard Gallery (Digital development) - HOME Manchester new Digital Strategy, and Theatre Royal Stratford East, 4 new livestream Digital projects. Senior management training at Welsh National Opera, Royal Opera House, University of Cambridge, IWF Cambridge, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation. CH&W Cultural Exchange Conference, Chongqing, China, Unesco Creative network meeting, Seoul, South Korea. Mind-the-Gap, Bradford.

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Governance - Chair Creative York, Board member Science City York. Led the successful UNESCO Creative Cities bid for York for the designation of first UK city of ‘Media Arts’. Was Chair of Independent Theatre Council (ITC), Board member for Wakefield Theatre Royal, BEAM Public Arts Writing - The Knife That Killed Me screenplay. Adapted the novels for the stage ‘Looking for JJ’, ‘Bloodtide', ‘RumbleFish’, ‘Fungus the Bogeyman’, Original plays ‘Taken Without Consent’, ‘Crash Kids’, ‘Out of their Heads’. Published in the UK, Europe and USA. Education - Leeds University B.Ch.D Hons 1983, 4 ‘A’ Levels, 9 ‘O’ Levels Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn. Personal - I moved to Cambridge in 2016, following family work move with my partner’s job. My science training combined with my Arts career has enabled me to work across many different disciplines The crossover of technology with the arts for the benefit of audiences has been a major focus of a large part of my work. I am passionate about access to opportunities for artists and audiences and my work has embodied the creative case for diversity at every level. My d.o.b. is 05/01/61 Referees Dave Moutrey - CEO / AD of ‘HOME’ in Manchester. - Dave was Chair of Pilot from 2007 - 2015. dave.Moutrey@Homemcr.org 07774269243 Kersten England - CEO Bradford City Council - Kersten was CEO of City of York Council, we worked together on the successful UNESCO bid and the Great Exhibition of the North Bid. kersten.England@bradford.gov.uk 01274 434353 Simon Mellor - Executive Director Arts, Arts Council England simon.mellor@artscouncil.org.uk 07850 923407

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