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Jude Kelly


Jude Kelly is Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, Britain’s largest cultural institution.

She founded Solent People’s Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre, and was the founding director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  In 1997, she was awarded an OBE for her services to theatre. She has directed over 100 productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company, to the Châtalet in Paris.

In 2002 Jude founded Metal, which provides a platform where artistic hunches can be pursued in community contexts, with bases in Liverpool and Southend-On-Sea.

Jude is chair of Metal and World Book Night, a member of the London Cultural Strategy Group, and is Visiting Professor at Kingston and Leeds Universities and the Shanghai Centre for the Performing Arts

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