New CEO Laura Elliot starts at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre as Corey Campbell is appointed Creative Director - The Coventry Observer

13th Aug, 2022

New CEO Laura Elliot starts at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre as Corey Campbell is appointed Creative Director

Ashleigh Osborne 4th Jan, 2022 Updated: 4th Jan, 2022

THE Board of the Belgrade Theatre is thrilled to announce the appointment of the new senior leadership, who will take up their posts in January 2022, succeeding outgoing executive director, Joanna Reid and chief executive and artistic director, Hamish Glen.

Laura Elliot has been appointed as Chief Executive, responsible for overall strategy and to run the commercial side of the Belgrade.

Corey Campbell – currently one of the three Co-Artistic Directors of the Belgrade for Coventry’s year as City of Culture 2021 – has been appointed to the new post of Creative Director, focusing on the Theatre’s artistic output across both its professional and community areas.

The CEO and Creative Director will lead a restructured senior team of six.

This team will lead on producing and programming, technical production, marketing, general management such as fundraising and income generation, financial management and commercial income and operations, such as catering and conferencing.

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.

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.”

Corey Campbell is Artistic Director of Strictly Arts Theatre Company, formerly supported by the Belgrade’s Springboard talent development programme.

Corey said: “Let’s get it in, let’s get it done.”

Chairman of the Board, David Hanson said: “I’m delighted with the new appointments we’ve made.

“Laura is an exceptional leader, and I have no doubt that she will inspire all those that work with her as she leads a newly refurbished and invigorated Belgrade.

“Corey has been a huge creative asset to the Theatre during the City of Culture Year and I’m hugely excited to see what he will bring to the post of Creative Director.


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