Theatre & Touring Symposium Confirmed Speakers

Theatre & Touring Symposium confirmed speakers

Booking is now open for the Theatre & Touring Symposium here

The full conference schedule can be downloaded here.

Confirmed Speakers

Robin Cantrill-Fenwick

Robin Cantrill-Fenwick has specialised in using data and digital systems to transform organisations across multiple sectors for more than two decades. As Chief Executive of the international consultancy and software firm Baker Richards, he works with cultural organisations across the world to equip them  to thrive commercially.

Robin founded the Cultural Enterprises Academy, an online learning environment for people leading and working in revenue-generating functions across the culture, heritage, visitor attractions and arts sectors in the UK and Europe.

Robin was Deputy Executive Director of the mid-scale producing/presenting Mercury Theatre Colchester until July 2018. He led the creation of a successful ticket sales agency, providing outsource box office services to a wide range of clients across many sectors. He is a trustee of Newcastle’s Live Theatre.

Previously Robin led digital transformation for organisations including the National Trust, the UK’s national science academy The Royal Society, and the University of Westminster. He was a digital campaigns strategist for a national political party, and began his career as a journalist and commissioning editor with Future Publishing.


Tom de Keyser

Tom is a theatre producer who co-founded ROYO theatre company in 2019, which has produced musicals and touring productions around the UK - including The Cher Show, Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical and The Osmonds: A New Musical - as well as owning, a digital venue, ticketing platform and production studio. Prior to founding ROYO he worked extensively around the UK and internationally as Production Director for Bill Kenwright Ltd., and has also worked as a Musical Supervisor and Musical Director for West End and touring shows.

Katy Raines MA MBA

CEO, Indigo-Ltd, Katy is regarded as one of the UK’s leading consultants on data-driven strategy for Cultural Organisations. She has developed and led research and implementation programmes for large and middle scale organizations throughout the UK and Europe.

During Covid-19 she developed and delivered the UK’s largest collaborative dataset of cultural attenders’ attitudes to returning to events, beginning with After-The- Interval, and working with over 800 organisations - capturing over ½ million responses from attenders.

Her current clients include the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Coventry City of Culture, UK Sport, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and Historic England.


Deborah Sawyerr

Deborah is a Talent Planning and Resourcing specialist and the Deputy Executive Director at the Mercury, Colchester. Previously she was the Executive Director at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, General Manager at the Bush Theatre and Executive Director at Talawa Theatre Company. Prior to Talawa, Deborah was the Production Manager at Nottingham Playhouse and Palace Theatre Watford.

Deborah has a range of experience in senior recruitment, leading organisational change, developing processes and procedures and HR management. As a Talent Planning and Resourcing consultant Deborah provides a bespoke recruitment experience for clients and candidates.

She is co-Chair of Trustees of tiata fahodzi and a trustee of Parents in Performing Arts.


Edward Snape

Edward Snape is head of Fiery Angel, a theatre company that produces and general manages drama, comedy, musicals and event theatre in London, throughout the UK and internationally.

Edward has co-founded a number of successful companies including The Ticketmachine Group which was sold to ATG in 2014; Fiery Dragons Ltd, a theatre production and investment company chaired by Luke Johnson; Fiery Angel Entertainment, a joint venture with Michael Stevens; Fierylight Productions, a joint venture with Limelight Productions; and The Children’s Theatre Partnership.

Edward sits on the Executive Committee for The Society of London Theatre, and is the former chair of The League of Independent Producers. 


Michèle Taylor MBE

Read Michèle's 'Meet the Board' blog here

Michèle Taylor is Director for Change for the Ramps on the Moon consortium (funded by Arts Council England) with responsibility for supporting partners in implementing their change programmes, and reporting on progress and learning.

Following time working in theatre, Michèle has been working as an independent consultant and trainer on disability issues for nearly 30 years. Although she works mainly with arts organisations, other clients have included the Department for Education, the Balkan Museums Network and a number of HE institutions. 

In January 2022, Michèle received an MBE for services to theatre and disabled people.


Keisha Thompson

Keisha Thompson is a Manchester based writer, performance artist and producer.

She has most recently been appointed as the next Artistic Director / CEO of Contact theatre, Manchester. Keisha is also a trust for ITC Arts and chair of radical arts funding body, Future's Venture Foundation. She is a MOBO x London Theatre Consortium Fellow, a member of Greater Manchester Cultural and Heritage Group, and recipient of The Arts Foundation Theatre Makers Award 2021. 


Booking is now open for the Theatre & Touring Symposium here

24 May 2022
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