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Leeds Grand Theatre reveals new Creative Engagement Manager

Maria Spadafora will lead on the development and delivery of a new engagement strategy.

MARIA SPADAFORA at Leeds Grand Theatre
MARIA SPADAFORA at Leeds Grand Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre has revealed the appointment of Maria Spadafora as Creative Engagement Manager.

Maria will lead the development and delivery of a new creative engagement strategy across Leeds Grand Theatre, City Varieties Music Hall and Hyde Park Picture House.

Maria said: “I’m thrilled to have joined the Learning Team at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd. These gorgeous, historic venues offer a unique space and environment in which young people can explore the multi-facets of the Arts, whilst making friends. My aim is to engage with a wider audience and reach out to local people through shared ideas and new opportunities. I believe that the Arts should be inclusive; everyone has the right to access and benefit from the Arts as a tool for expression, exploration and empowerment.”

The programme will incorporate the Company’s Youth Theatre and Leeds Actors in Training (LAIT) provision, Summer Festival and year-round creative engagement activities (specialising in young peoples’ work), as well as creating new opportunities to introduce diverse participants to a range of creative activities.

Moving from Education & Participation Coordinator at Freedom Studios, Bradford, Maria brings with her a wealth of experience from more than 20-years’ working in educational roles within the Arts and third-sector organisations. Previous roles include Community Engagement Officer at South Asian Arts (SAA-UK) and Arts Outreach Officer at Square Chapel Arts Centre.

Rachel Lythe, Head of Learning, added: “With an established and thriving Youth Theatre and Summer Festival, we’re delighted to welcome Maria to the team to lead on our creative out-of-schools programme, to inspire more young people through our fantastic buildings and the arts.”

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