Nominated for Culture award
Tamara Harvey and Liam Evans-Ford lead Wales' largest producing theatre. In the last 2 years Theatr Clwyd has created 23 critically acclaimed productions and over 700,000 people have seen shows produced and presented by this resurgent powerhouse organisation.
Tamara became Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd in 2015 after working nationally and internationally as a freelance director and as Associate Director at the Bush Theatre. Named by The Stage as one of the most influential people in UK theatre, Tamara is an industry leader whose work has raised the profile of Theatr Clwyd nationwide and whose vocal support for working parents in the arts has provoked national debate and changed long-established working practice. A trustee of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and the National Student Drama Festival, Tamara is an advocate for using the arts to creatively engage and empower communities.
Liam joined Theatr Clwyd in 2016 after being instrumental in York Theatre Royal’s capital redevelopment, leading on business continuity planning and delivery. An acclaimed producer and creative Liam produced many large-scale community productions including York Mystery Plays and Blood & Chocolate. Previously General Manager for Sheffield Theatres, he was Artistic Director of the acclaimed Sprite Productions and a co-founder of The Factory Theatre. A trustee of Children’s theatre company Tutti Frutti, Wales’ development agency for theatres and arts centres Creu Cymru and on North Wales Arts, Health and Wellbeing Steering Committee – he is currently guiding the theatre’s work with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
Theatr Clwyd’s many achievements over the past 24 months include the creation of new community companies - Company 25 (for 17-25 year olds), Company 55 (for the over 55s) and a young Welsh language company - Arts from the Armchair’, an award-winning project for those with early onset memory loss, Justice in a Day looking at criminal justice with young people, and Bright Sparks encouraging children to engage with science, engineering and maths in a creative way. The theatre has also won 3 Wales Theatre Awards, 1 UK Theatre Award and had over 700,000 audience members see their work over the last 2 years.