Fabien Riggall

Cinema is all about immersion: offering viewers a window into another world or transporting them to a different time and place. Fabien Riggall took that one step further with the launch of Secret Cinema, creating events that are part film screening and part experiential theatre. Over the past 10 years, Riggall and his team have […]

Benjamin Millepied

Benjamin Millepied is a choreographer, filmmaker and former dancer with the New York City Ballet (NYCB). He began choreographing while at NYCB, and in 2002 he founded the troupe Danses Concertantes. Millepied’s work spans both the US and Europe; his choreography has entered the repertories of major dance companies worldwide and in 2010 was featured […]

Emily Eavis

Emily Eavis was literally born to her role as co-organiser of the Glastonbury festival. “I suppose my role has been evolving very gradually, for about 20 years. It’s kind of at its maximum capacity now – it’s full time every day of the year,” she told us in 2015. Eavis began helping her father Michael […]

Michael Buffong

The theatre industry has always struggled with criticism around the perceived lack of diversity on the stage and the problems in representing the black British experience authentically. Talawa Theatre, founded over 30 years ago, is the UK’s primary black-led theatre company. It has directly tackled this challenge by remaining committed to exploring, rather than limiting […]

Felix Barrett

Many theatre producers have toyed with the idea of ‘immersive theatre’ but Punchdrunk has made it their mission since they were founded by Felix Barrett in 2000. Barrett calls their work “site sympathetic” – disrupting form, challenging audience members and blurring the line between reality and fiction. Punchdrunk’s early work includes Woyzeck (2000), which developed […]

Robert Delamere

Founded just seven years ago by Robert Delamere and Tom Shaw, Digital Theatre now captures and distributes theatrical productions to 185 countries around the world through cinemas and online. As a pioneer of ‘event cinema’, Delamere has been screen director on all of Digital Theatre’s live captures, filming theatrical and operatic productions ranging from The […]

Vicky Featherstone

On her appointment as artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre in April 2013, Vicky Featherstone became the first woman to lead the organisation in its 60 year history. Prior to taking the job, Featherstone had been in charge of The National Theatre of Scotland since its founding in 2006, where her direction and programming […]

Femi Oguns

This year’s Oscar nominations brought debate about the perceived lack of diversity in Hollywood to the fore. Through both his Identity School of Acting and the Identity Agency Group, Femi Oguns has directly addressed the issue in a way that other creative industries can learn a great deal from. An established actor in his own […]

Es Devlin one of the 2016 creative leaders 50 selected by creative review

Es Devlin

When we experience so much through screens, it has become a truism to stress the value of the live event. The thrill of ‘being there’ becomes ever sharper the more we rely on other media. Stage designer Es Devlin has created some of the most memorable live experiences of recent times, whether in small theatres […]

Josie da bank, one of the 2016 creative leaders 50 selected by creative review

Josie da Bank

Josie da Bank is creative director at Bestival, the annual music festival she co-founded with DJ husband Rob da Bank, Ziggy Gilsenan and John Hughes in 2004. Working with producers, area managers, an arts programmer and a team of around 40 creatives, da Bank is responsible for every aspect of the festival’s design, from planning […]

Jeremy Herrin

Jeremy Herrin is artistic director at Headlong, the London theatre company that has received five-star reviews and numerous awards for its ambitious reworkings of classic texts and contemporary plays tackling some challenging themes. Herrin joined Headlong in 2013. His directing credits there include The Nether; a chilling dystopian drama exploring the future of the internet, […]

Tamara Rojo

Tamara Rojo has had a career of two halves. Having trained as a dancer in Spain, she moved to the UK in 1996 to join the Scottish National Ballet. She first joined the English National Ballet in 1997, where she became principal dancer, before moving to Royal Ballet in 2000. In 2012, came a shift, […]


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