From 2014-2018 we have managed the Towngate Theatre in Basildon on behalf of Basildon Borough Council which is a growing regional receiving venue that has both a 550-seat main auditorium and a 220-seat studio space. During that time, we undertook a detailed appraisal of the venue, created and implemented a new 5-year business plan that increased activity and programme diversity to build revenue and decrease the reliance on taxpayer’s subsidy, as well launching a new education and outreach programme, including community productions, developing the catering and bar offers, a regular youth theatre and workshops.
Over this period, the audiences more than doubled and the Towngate has achieved a large reduction in the operational subsidy,whilst growing the operation and staffing structure as well as implementing a new box office system and website. The programme now holds a wide variety of drama, music, comedy, dance, opera as well as larger touring musicals and the annual in-house award-winning pantomime!
During 2017, we provided interim Director / Chief Executive maternity cover at The Spring, one of the UK’s only combined Arts and Heritage centres, including a studio theatre, museum and creative spaces.
This included the successful first-time application for Arts Council England National Portfolio status, programming both the film and live programme as well as outdoor events and outreach activities.
In addition, we worked closely with the board of trustees to implement a programme of change within the staffing structure as well as successfully applying for capital project grants and funding from external charitable trusts and foundations.