The Belgrade theatre just announced the appointment of the new senior leadership who will take their posts in January 2022. Laura Elliot has been appointed as Chief Executive, responsible for overall strategy and to run the commercial side of the Belgrade. She will work alongside Corey Campbell who will take on the role of Creative Director, focusing on the Theatre’s artistic output across both its professional and community areas.
Corey Campbell is currently one of the three Co-Artistic directors of the Belgrade for Coventry’s year as City of Culture 2021.
They will replace Executive Director, Joanna Reid and Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Hamish Glen.
About her new position, Laura Elliot said :
“I’m delighted to be taking up the role of CEO, alongside Corey Campbell as Creative Director. The Belgrade Theatre has been my local producing theatre for nearly a decade. I’m inspired by its deep rooted, nationally renowned commitment to community engagement, diversity, learning, talent development and high quality entertainment. I look forward to collaborating with the team to build on the Theatre’s plentiful past achievements, and propel it into an exciting, ambitious future.”
With Campbell adding
“Let’s get it in, let’s get it done.”
Laura Elliot brings significant senior management and leadership experience to the Belgrade; from her current role as Programme Director of Oxford Playhouse and previous role as Programme Manager at Warwick Arts Centre. A resident of Kenilworth for nearly a decade, she combines strong connections to the regional arts scene with a real passion for the importance of culture, particularly as part of Coventry’s UK City of Culture legacy.
Corey Campbell is Artistic Director of Strictly Arts Theatre Company, formerly supported by the Belgrade’s Springboard talent development programme. Through productions such as Green Leaves Fall and the critically acclaimed, Edinburgh sell-out show Freeman, Strictly Arts have used their collaborative, devising process to bring stories from real people to the stage, building long-lasting relationships with audiences through targeted workshop and outreach programmes, with a particular focus on African and Caribbean communities. In 2022, as his final project for Coventry City of Culture and as his tenure as Co-Artistic Director comes to an end, Corey will be co-directing FIGHTING IRISH with Hamish Glen, due to play at the Belgrade in March.