Theresa Keogh joins the team from her role as Director at Derby Book Festival, a literary festival hosting combined arts. Keogh previously worked in theatre as the Associate Director at New Perspectives Theatre Company, as well as undertaking freelance work for a range of arts organisations including the Young Vic, City Arts and Lakeside Arts.
The iconic Montgomery Theatre in the heart of Sheffield opened in 1886, its mission is to provide space and opportunities for the people of Sheffield to discover, develop, explore, experience and share their creativity. Last year, over 16,000 people saw performances at The Montgomery, 320 young people participated in creative workshops, and over 400 local people performed on stage.
Joanne Ringrose, The Montgomery Theatre and Arts Centre chair, said: “The Montgomery is undergoing a huge transformation. In 2016 we moved our focus to an arts centre which has widened our programme and engaged more people than ever before. We’re taking that focus forward with a planned major redevelopment of The Montgomery’s building; Theresa’s appointment is a crucial step in this capital project. Her vision and passion for the organisation impressed us all and we feel sure the organisation will blossom under her leadership”.
Theresa added: “I’m delighted to take on the role of Director at The Montgomery Theatre and Arts Centre at this exciting point in its development. The organisation is well-loved in Sheffield, with a great history of programming children’s work and as Sheffield’s home of community theatre. I look forward to expanding on this work and I am excited to develop its artistic output and lead the redevelopment, as we establish our role as the city’s arts centre.”
The Montgomery is planning a multi-million pound redevelopment over the next five years, in order to create an up-to-date arts centre which is accessible to everyone. The project will progress in 2020 with a feasibility study, ahead of a major fundraising drive.