Theatr Clwyd’s Liam Evans-Ford appointed Chair of Creu Cymru
Theatr Clwyd’s Executive Director has been named the new Chair of Welsh theatre and arts centre development agency Creu Cymru. Evans-Ford joined the board of Creu Cymru in April 2017 and will take over from outgoing Chair, Geoff Cripps.
Louise Miles-Payne, Director of Creu Cymru said:
“I’m thrilled that Liam is taking on the role of Chair of Creu Cymru. He is a great supporter of Creu Cymru and passionate about enabling our organisation to reach its full potential”.
Liam Evans-Ford, Theatr Clwyd’s Executive Director and incoming Chair of Creu Cymru said:
“It is a great honour take on chair responsibilities at Creu Cymru during it’s 20th anniversary year. Creu Cymru has been a vital part of representing the theatres and arts centres in Wales, and as the sector emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, will become increasingly important to help offer a unified voice for the wider theatre sector in Wales and its prominence within the UK. As Creu Cymru grows into this role it could prove transformational for theatres, makers and communities in Wales.”
Creu Cymru works to support venues in the heart of communities across Wales. Their members represent Wales’ professionally run venues. In 2020 Creu Cymru has played a vital role in supporting Welsh arts organisations. Successes have included regular advocacy meetings with Welsh Government discussing reopening and sector support, the creation of ‘Llaw/Hand’, a new fund supporting organisations impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic, a bilingual toolkit to support audience communication as well as vital networking and training programmes about artistic planning, campaigning, marketing, wellbeing and participation.
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About Liam Evans-Ford
Since taking up the post of Executive Director in 2016, Liam Evans-Ford has enabled Theatr Clwyd to increase its annual turnover from £5m to £7m, secure over £9m towards an essential capital redevelopment, and negotiated new governance arrangements outside of local authority ownership.
Before moving to Clwyd Liam worked as 2015 project Associate for York Theatre Royal – leading on business continuity planning and delivery during the £6 million re-development of their building. He became York Theatre Royal’s Associate Producer in October 2015.
Liam moved to Yorkshire following the offer to produce on The York Mystery Plays 2012 production, went onto produce Blood + Chocolate for Pilot Theatre, Slung Low and York Theatre Royal and then took up post as Interim General Manager for Sheffield Crucible Theatres.
Liam co-founded Sprite Productions, which produced 10 years of Site-Specific Shakespeare at Ripley Castle. He was also the first Producer of The Factory and produced their work at The Globe, The Hampstead Theatre, The Rose, at music festivals, bars and underground tunnels, around the UK and into Europe as well as for BBC Radio 4.
Before moving into producing Liam trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and went onto appear at theatres across the UK including The Stephen Joseph Theatre, York Theatre Royal, The Globe and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Liam has taken leads both for The Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West End as well as appearing on television shows on Channel 4, BBC 1 and 2, ITV and HBO. He has also enjoyed a few adventures into the world of Feature Films.
Liam currently sits on the North Wales Arts, Health and Wellbeing Steering Committee, The Wales Arts Health and Well-being Network Steering Group, The UK Theatre Workforce Group and the UK Theatre and SOLT Marcomms Group.
About Theatr Clwyd
The Stage Awards 2021: Regional Theatre Of The Year
The award-winning Theatr Clwyd is Wales’ biggest producing theatre. Since 1976 Theatr Clwyd has created exceptional theatre from its home in Flintshire, North Wales. Driven by the vision and dynamism of award-winning Artistic Director Tamara Harvey (pictured right) and Executive Director Liam Evans-Ford (pictured left), Theatr Clwyd pushes theatrical boundaries creating world-class productions.
In 2021 Theatr Clwyd was named as The Stage’s ‘Regional Theatre Of The Year’. Major recent successes have included co-producing Home, I’m Darling with the National Theatre, which won Best New Comedy at the Olivier Awards and was nominated in five categories, the UK Theatre Award-winning musical The Assassination of Katie Hopkins, the site-specific, immersive Great Gatsby and the Menier Chocolate Factory co-production of Orpheus Descending.
Theatr Clwyd is one of only a few theatres in the UK to build sets and props, make costumes and paint scenery in-house. Their impressive team of workshop, wardrobe and scenic artists, props makers and technicians ensure the skills vital to a vibrant theatre industry are nurtured right in the heart of Wales, developing the theatre makers of the future. In addition to this, Theatr Clwyd hosts an artist development programme, trainee technicians’ scheme and an eighteen month traineeship for directors, to develop the Artistic Directors of the future.
Theatr Clwyd works in the community across all art forms and is recognised as a cultural leader for its cross generational theatre groups, work in youth justice and diverse programme of arts, health and wellbeing. Award-winning Community Engagement projects include Arts from the Armchair, in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, which uses theatrical making skills to help people with early onset memory loss and their carers, and Justice In A Day, working in schools and the law courts to help at risk children to realise the consequences of crime.
Theatr Clwyd has been granted planning permission for a major Capital Redevelopment Project which will reimagine the theatre’s public spaces and create a greener, more efficient and sustainable building where world-class art can thrive and social action is rooted for generations to come.
During the Covid-19 pandemic the theatre has been active in helping its community, from hosting blood donation sessions and distributing food to vulnerable families to creating digital dance workshops for those with Parkinsons and sharing creative packages and activities with those most isolated.