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Marcus Romer Artistic Director / CEO / Writer / Filmmaker marcusromer.com Artistic Director Currently Acting Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds since July 2019. Acting CEO and AD Harrogate Theatre September 2017 – March 2018. Artistic Associate Harrogate Theatre June 2018 – November 2019. Associate Artist Theatre Royal Stratford East. April 2016 – February 2018. Creative Producer Collusion Cambridge September 2017 January 2019. Associate Artist National Theatre Wales. September 2017 – August 2018. Artistic Director and CEO Pilot Theatre - Arts Council England NPO 1994 – 2016. During my leadership as Artistic Director and CEO of Pilot, the company developed from a small-scale schools touring company, to a mid-scale ACE NPO company developing new touring theatre work across the UK and internationally with a turnover of £3m. At Pilot 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 Arts and Technology conferences in the UK, and Platform Shift Conferences for the EU project. I was TEDx organiser and speaker and attended the TED conference in the USA on three occasions. I wrote the screenplay and was co-Director of the Universal Pictures feature film ‘The Knife That Killed Me’ which was released in cinemas in 2014. I am a published playwright in the UK, Europe and USA. My plays have been translated into German, Danish and French. Directing - Theatre – ‘Shirley Valentine’ 2020 ‘Peter Pan’ ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds 2019 ‘Let The Right One In’ Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 2019, ‘As Long As The Heart Beats’ National Theatre Wales 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 Marcus Romer +447774922118 MarcusRomerUK@gmail.com


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’, ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, ‘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, South Hill Park, ATYP Sydney, University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Bermuda Festival, TDJ, Dresden, TDJ Leipzig, Collusion Cambridge. Teaching – Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Sept 2018 – Feb 2019, York University Theatre Film and Television School, Jan 2016 – Feb 2017, Bristol University November 2018, University of Essex, May – July 2018, Harstad (Norway) FHS Film and Theatre School, Autumn 2016, 2017, Spring 2019. Across Platform Shift EU programme with Pilot Theatre from 2001 - 2016 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 King’s Lynn’ for Collusion 2018 ‘Justice 39’ Luton as part of the People Power Passion project 2019 ’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 for a 3 week run in York 2013, IIFA awards Bollywood Oscars - directed the 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 October 2014 - feature film adaptation of novel. Official Selection for Rome Film Festival, Nantes Film Festival, London Independent Film Festival 2014. Huffington Post top 10 film of 2014. IIFA Awards Bollywood Oscars opening film and live sequence. York Mystery Plays 6 camera live stream for The Space and BBC in 2012. I co-produced ‘The Works’ film - starring Ralph Fiennes, Sharon D Clarke and Antonia Thomas. Directed by Elliot Barnes-Worrell for the BBC Shakespeare Live project 2016. Digital Producer for ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ by Graeae for their cinema release March 2018.

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Awards - TMA / Stage Award Best play and touring production - ‘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 - 2019 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-theGap, Bradford. 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.

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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.

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Marcus Romer - Artistic Director / CEO / CV  

Marcus Romer is an Artistic Director, CEO, writer and filmmaker

Marcus Romer - Artistic Director / CEO / CV  

Marcus Romer is an Artistic Director, CEO, writer and filmmaker

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