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Curve is pleased to announce director, writer, theatre-maker and producer Beth Shouler will join Curve in the newly created position of New Work Associate.
Beth will lead on the delivery of Curve’s New Work projects including plays, musicals, dance and digital, alongside leading artist development, championing local talent and diversity, and developing both artists and audiences for the future.
Originally from Nottingham and having showcased new work previously at Curve as one of the theatre’s Breakthrough artists, Beth specialises in developing writing and work by and for young people and creating new work and platforms for artists to present their work. Beth has also worked with large groups of young people and community companies offering early-career artists support to develop their craft. Beth will continue this as New Work Associate and will also support the delivery of programmes and participatory projects for schools and young people across the East Midlands.
Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:
“Beth will be a phenomenal addition to our team. The number of Made at Curve productions, new work and ambitions around young people and our communities continues to grow in scale and ambition; Beth’s passion, vision for New Work at Curve and commitment to artists goes to the heart of all of this work. Developing local artists, writers, new musicals and telling local stories is paramount at Curve and we look forward to Beth furthering this work, challenging and inspiring us all.”
Beth has worked as a director and facilitator with various companies and organisations including: Kiln Theatre, The Almeida, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Nottingham Playhouse, Derby Theatre, Lakeside Arts Centre, Synergy Theatre, Index on Censorship, Theatre West, The Bike Shed Theatre, John Whiting Award, New Perspectives, Theatre Writing Partnerships, ACT2, NEAT 11, Junk Shop Theatre, Arsenal Football Club and the European Theatre Convention.
She was resident Staff Director for two years at Theatre Royal Plymouth and was the Young Company Director at the Tricycle Theatre, Lakeside Arts Centre and Nottingham Arts Theatre. Beth was the recipient of the In Good Company mid-career commission, co-founded The Party Somewhere Else Collective and set up the Junk Shop Theatre, which she runs with Loreto Murray. She was also a member of development company Toast who produce Plymouth Fringe Festival and is Royal Court Writers Group alumni.
Commenting on her new role, Beth Shouler said:
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Curve team and championing new work within the building, Leicester and the wider region. The East Midlands is becoming one of the most exciting places to be an artist at the moment and it is real privilege to support artists, create opportunities for work to be made locally, and find ways to grow the theatre-making ecology more broadly. I’m originally from the area and was a Breakthrough Artist at Curve, so I’m especially delighted to nurture East Midlands voices as well as engage with brilliant new work, whether that’s by communities, young people, professional companies or individual creatives. Curve make brilliant shows and it’s an incredibly friendly building, I’m really looking forward to being part of the organisation and joining such a talented team.”