In Good Company Producer to become Executive Director for Warts and All Theatre

In Good Company’s Creative Producer, Ben Anderson has secured the Executive Directorship of Warts and All Theatre, a Northampton-based arts organisation who deliver extraordinary theatre in unexpected places within the community.

With radical acting programmes for all ages in the Northamptonshire area, with support for developing theatre producers, Warts and All Theatre produce shows and events, as well as support artists and develop their craft at any stage of their career through artist development. The company also work with schools, colleges and universities through their extensive Heritage and Learning programme.

During Ben’s time based at Derby Theatre as Creative Producer for In Good Company (IGC), the flagship professional creative and business development programme for theatre makers and companies in the Midlands, he has successfully led on the development of a significant partnership expansion, the launch of IGC’s first website and digital artist directory, the programme and partnership’s response to Covid 19, securing of artist development programmes and initiatives, including The Big House; the pairing of freelance producers with theatre makers, production of Departure Lounge for the past few years, Derby Theatre’s annual summer festival of ground-breaking work and fresh and exciting performance; and the programme financially supporting 32 new shows.

In Good Company is at a pivotal point in its development, with the completion of a recent consultation period with artists across the region and following the development of a new strategic vision. In the next few months, IGC will see the delivery of two exciting festivals, scratch opportunities, workshops, a radical new commission and tour, plus four bursaries. Then, following this new vision, in September the programme will launch into a new phase with a suite of new commissions and opportunities for artists and an expanded partnership of 13 venue partners across the region.

Ben said: 
“Over the last 3 years, In Good Company has taken huge strides, and I’ll be forever grateful for the support of Derby Theatre, venue partners, friends, colleagues and theatre makers right across the Midlands. The programme is in the best place it can possibly be to continue to be an industry leader in artist development. It’s bittersweet to be leaving, but I’m sure I will always be In Good Company. I’m looking forward to help elevate and enable the incredible work being undertaken to provide opportunities for artistic expression and access to culture that Warts and All theatre are providing; whilst, of course, remaining a cheerleader for In Good Company."

Sarah Brigham (Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Derby Theatre) said: 
“I am delighted to see Ben take up this exciting new role with Warts and All Theatre, an exciting regional company making work in the heart of their community. Ben is a talented producer, and this is a natural next step for him. He joins an exciting team at Warts, and I'm sure he will support their ambitions. All the previous Creative Producers of In Good Company have spring boarded into exciting new roles after working with us, and it’s great to see Ben continue this tradition. In Good Company continues to trailblaze through new ways of connecting artists, venues and audiences, and the current programme runs until August 2021. We will be looking for a brilliant freelancer to oversee this phase before advertising for a new full-time role to take up the position for the next programme, which we will launch in September.  Keep your eyes peeled on social media to put your hat in the ring!”

Christopher Elmer-Gorry (Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Warts and All Theatre) said: 
“The team cannot wait for Ben to join the Warts in May. Ben will play an instrumental role in the development of Warts and All Theatre, as a member of the Senior Leadership team. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise, which will really enable us to drive the next steps of our strategic plan. Ben has so much to bring to the organisation in relation to Co-Creation, Artist Development and working with Young People, all of which are central drivers of our work. I look forward to working with Ben and creating more extraordinary theatre in unexpected places.” 

Ben will take up his new role with Warts and All Theatre during May 2021.

More details about the In Good Company Producer freelance position are available here.