The Theatr Clwyd team leading the redevelopment
Liam Evans-Ford - Executive Director and CEO | Liam joined Theatr Clwyd in 2016 following time as Producer at both York Theatre Royal and Sheffield Crucible Theatres. Under his leadership Theatr Clwyd has increased its turnover by £2m. It has moved away from Local Authority ownership into a charitable trust, whilst securing a long-term funding agreement with Flintshire County Council. He has secured over £40m in public funding towards the capital redevelopment and has heightened the importance of its work in the community. Liam is Chair of Creu Cymru, the representative body for all theatres and production companies in Wales, and sits on a number of other advisory panels including the Business Advisory Board for the North Wales growth deal. Liam is a theatre maker – having been a successful actor, fight director and producer.
Kate Wasserberg - Artistic Director | Kate will join the team in October 2023, succeeding Tamara Harvey as Artistic Director and becoming the sixth person to hold the position at Theatr Clwyd. Kate founded the new writing department at the Finborough Theatre, offering first time commissions to writers including James Graham. She then moved to Wales to take up her post as Associate Director and lead of the Literary department at Theatr Clwyd, before moving to Cardiff and founding The Other Room, which still runs today as the only fringe venue in the capital. She then took up her post as Co-Artistic Director of Out of Joint before remodelling the company as Stockroom.
Andrew Roberts – Operations, Finance and People Director | Andrew has an accountancy and audit background ahead of moving into management and senior leadership. He ran Wrexham Tennis Centre before joining Theatr Clwyd in 2016. During his time, he has undertaken high level HR qualifications, overseen full company re-structures, has delivered transition from local authority finance and HR systems to new fit for purpose systems, and has led on the detailed capital redevelopment delivery and business continuity plans such as relocation to new offices, and constructing temporary public and performance facilities. Andrew has always been a keen theatre maker with involvement in local youth theatre and amateur dramatic companies.
Zoe Crick-Tucker – Capital Campaign Director | Zoe joined Theatr Clwyd in 2020 from Bristol Old Vic Theatre where she was Director of Development. Zoe is a highly respected fundraiser and led on the capital fundraising campaigns at Bristol Old Vic and Rambert Dance. Before those roles she worked at the RSC. Since joining Clwyd, she has embedded all fundraising practice in a newly formed development team, has to date raised over £4m in private funding of the capital programme, and has secured new funding relationships with major trust and foundations including Esme Fairburn, Wolfson and Garfield Weston.
The architects and technical team include:
Architects Haworth Tompkins (considered the foremost theatre architect team in the UK and a lead firm in the use of regenerative design; their theatres include The Royal Court, The Young Vic, Liverpool Everyman, The National Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and Bristol Old Vic);
Main contractors Gilbert Ash (an award-winning UK construction and fit-out contractor. Their redevelopment of cultural buildings include Bristol Old Vic, National Portrait Gallery, Everyman Liverpool and Battersea Arts Centre)
M&E designers Skelly & Couch (award-winning firm of building environment and services engineers; our lead consultant has worked on projects such as Grade II-listed Chichester Festival Theatre, and Grade I-listed Theatre Drury Lane);
Technical designers Charcoal Blue (widely recognised at the world’s leading integrated Theatre, Acoustic and Digital Consultancy service; their projects include technical advice for the Young Vic, The National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, Bristol Old Vic and The Kiln Theatre);
Structural engineers, Betts Associates (world-class structural engineer team based in North Wales; our lead consultant was involved in the delivery of Theatr Clwyd in the 1970s);
Quantity Surveyors, Gardiner & Theobald (our consultant, Gary Faulkner is one of the most experienced quantity surveyors in the theatre industry and has worked on recent developments at The Royal Opera House, Bristol Old Vic, The Liverpool Everyman and The Factory in Manchester);
Project management is provided by Jack Tilbury, Director of Plann Ltd, who has led projects for The National Theatre, The Old Vic, Bristol Old Vic, the Bush Theatre, the London Theatre Company (Bridge Theatre), Shoreditch Town Hall, Mamma Mia! The Party, Sadler’s Wells, Punchdrunk and The Abbey Theatre in Dublin.