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The Arts in Wales Powerlist     

Here are the theatre and dance listings in last friday's Western Mail Arts Powerlist top 50:

"My criteria for this list was a little more complicated than that I followed when it came to the sexy ones - people simply had to be at the cutting edge of the arts and decision making in Wales today, or be someone who facilitates the arts without putting their hands in their pockets.

So here it is then, my powerlist that purposively excludes critics, arts patrons, publishers, film makers, marketing gurus, radio producers, performers, television executives and lots of high-brow practitioners. As for our truly big cheeses, I expect big things from them in the ensuing 12 months: lots of wranglings, arguments, many meetings, some tantrums but lots of action"

Hannah Jones - arts editor Western Mail

The Arts Powerlist 50

4. Terry Hands

He spent 20 years as a director at the Royal Shakespeare Company and five as its sole leader, before setting up shop at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold.

Having directed productions in New York, Vienna, Tokyo, Paris, Oslo, London and Stratford, his mantra in Mold is to nurture Welsh talent and give them enough quality work here to ensure they don’t leave Wales.

13. Simon Harris

Simon heads Sgript Cymru, the national company for contemporary drama in Wales, specialising in new writing by Welsh and Wales-based playwrights. His visionary approach to drama has also been acknowledged by the Clore Duffield Foundation which has made him the first Welsh recipient of a prized Clore fellowship which promotes leadership in the arts.

18. Michael Bogdanov

The former director of the English Shakespeare Company is the foremost exponent when it comes to directing Shakespeare’s work. Most recently he directed the critically acclaimed Amazing Grace and is about to make the first ever Welsh language version of Hamlet.

19. Keith Morris

As keep of the Theatre in Wales website, Keith is at the epicentre of what’s going on in the dramatic world of Wales.

Based in Aberystwyth, he also launched the coveted Theatre in Wales Awards four years ago which are one of the highlights of the performing arts calendar.

26. Peter Doran

Outspoken Peter is the director of the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven, one of only three building-based producing theatres in Wales. He’s campaigned tirelessly for more funding for the arts in Wales, even once threatening to leave the country is more cash wasn’t forthcoming. Highlights of his tenure at the Torch include Of Mice and Men (Welsh Theatre Award for Best Production 2003), Woman in Black and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Welsh Theatre Awards for Best Production and Best Design 2002).

27. Cefin Roberts

Two years ago, Wales’ first national theatre company, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, was set up. And Cefin was brought in as its director. Welsh language TGC cover the whole of Wales and Cefin makes sure it tours its work to the main Welsh theatre venues. His aim is to provide a variety of quality mainstream theatre productions in an exciting contemporary theatre style, and in a range of genres.

28. Janek Alexander

With visionary Hannah Firth in the gallery and James Tyson booking cutting edge theatre, Janek runs the wonderful Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, arguably Wales’ leading centre for contemporary art, performance and film. He is the chair of Pag (Presenting the Arts Group) and is very active in lobbying on behalf of the performance sector in Wales.

32. Tim Baker

Tim is one of the leading lights in Welsh theatre. As associate director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold, he has directed a wealth of shows. He is currently directing his very own work, The Way It Was, the story of two fictional families who lived through World War II.

35. Firenza Guidi

The Milan-born, Cardiff-based stage director is putting Wales on the map with her fresh and vibrant performance work. As artistic director of Elan Wales (European Live Arts Network) she is behind the unique performance/montage method of work. She develops material created through an intense practical investigation on a specific theme.

36. Roy Campbell-Moore

Along with Ann Sholem, Roy founded Diversions, the national dance company of Wales, more than 20 years ago. Today he is the company’s director and he’s also one of Wales best-known choreographers who is always keen to introduce audiences to innovative pieces.

39. Phil Clark

As artistic director of Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre, Phil ensures audiences get to see a variety of work by visiting companies. He also makes it his business to oversee new innovative pieces produced by the Sherman, which is one of just three producing houses in Wales.

41. Gary Owen

Gary, who hails from Pembrokeshire, started his career as a playwright in 2001. Among his hits have been Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco which had a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His work recently featured in the On The Edge season at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.

Western Mail  
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Hannah Jones
Sunday, October 23, 2005back



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