New Artistic Director
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Paris as our new Artistic Director.
This new post incorporates the roles and responsibilities of outgoing Creative Producer and Founder, Rosalind Stoddart, and current Artistic Director, Barb Jungr, in a new position designed to consolidate the organisation’s work and oversee its creative management and artistic direction.
Neil will be working closely with the Trustees, management team, choir and dancetheatre, not only to bring his vision for the organisation to fruition, but also to take up the reins of delivering “Changing Corby”, an innovative two-year project exploring the cultural heritage of different cultural groups living in and around the town of Corby in Northamptonshire.
Neil comes with a strong pedigree of working with local people and communities, and empowering their creative ambitions, through his directorship of SMITH dancetheatre and numerous other projects across the UK and abroad, including working with The Voice Project Choir in Norfolk on choreography and movement.
Neil trained in theatre and visual performance at Dartington College of Arts and holds a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Neil, whose current role with DRTT is as Dancetheatre Director, says of his new appointment:
"I’m thrilled to be joining this unique organisation. To be able to work with singers, dancers and songwriters from the local community is a wonderful opportunity. Ros Stoddart and Barb Jungr are a hard act to follow but there is a great team in place and I’m really excited to see where we will all go from here."
Reflecting on the organisation’s future, DRTT’s Chair, Anne Burnett, remarks:
"We are delighted to welcome Neil onboard. He has the not inconsiderable task of taking over from the founder, Ros Stoddart, but knowing the plans he has already come up with, I’m sure he is more than capable of achieving them and will take DRTT forward successfully with “Changing Corby” and future projects. The Board of Trustees and I would like to thank and congratulate both Ros and Barb on their incredible vision in bringing DRTT to where it is today. They can be very proud of what they have achieved."
Neil will officially take up his new position with DRTT on 24th September, but will be working closely with the organisation over the Summer months to ensure a smooth transition.
For more information on “Changing Corby”, please visit: http://www.deeprootstalltrees.org/changing-corby-past-present-future/