Kully Thiarai
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What I do:
Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales
A little more about me:
I have worked in the performing arts for many years as a Theatre maker, Artistic Director and Arts Consultant. My early career was largely in new writing with national touring companies like Red Ladder Theatre Company and Major Road, both based in Yorkshire.

I've since led a number of organisations and companies including being Artistic Director of Contact Theatre, Manchester, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Theatre Writing Partnership and Red Ladder Theatre Company; commissioning, producing and directing work nationally and internationally. I've created a diverse range of work that spans communities, cultures and performance styles; directed large-scale epics, new plays and made work in non-theatre spaces.

Prior to joining National Theatre Wales in May 2016, I was the founding Director of Cast – a new £22 million performance venue that is the cultural living room for the town; a place for performance, participation and provocation.
Projects I’m working on:
NTW 2019 & 2020 Seasons
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TEAM across Wales & Looking back on NHS70 Festival / TEAM ledled Cymru a Cip olwg yn ôl dros Gwyl NHS70

Hello all, some of you have said to me that we don’t shout enough about all the very different things we do. So I thought I’d share some of the upcoming events that are keeping us busy.

Back in February, we announced that our TEAM programme had been awarded £400,000 from Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF), to support the next, four-year phase of our work, in Pembrokeshire and Wrexham.

The amazing Collaborations team here at NTW led by Devinda De Silva– which runs TEAM, among…


Posted on November 9, 2018 at 3:43

Some Thoughts and Reflections / Ychydig o feddyliau a myfyrdodau

To lead any theatre company is a huge privilege.  To lead a national company like National Theatre Wales (NTW), which endeavours to reflect the aspirations and desires of its diverse peoples, is to take on a privilege that comes with added challenges and expectations. I certainly take my responsibilities as Artistic Director of NTW very seriously, not least because someone like me - a working class woman of colour - doesn’t get these opportunities very readily or very often. Some might say…


Posted on October 18, 2018 at 23:20

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