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6th August 2018 Verity Sanderson

Stephen Freeman
Stephen Joseph Theatre

Image of Stephen Freeman from Stephen Joseph Theatre

Stephen spent his early career working as an Arts Development Assistant for Stafford Borough Council, following that he took up the role of Producer for Stafford Festival Shakespeare, Stephen developed the festival’s flagship open-air production from a local community event to a professional, 1000 seat large-scale event. 

As Artistic Programme Manager for the Gatehouse Theatre, Stephen was responsible for the programming and producing of in-house work and led on the re-visioning of the Creative Learning programme, as well as developing a number of long term partnerships with organisations such as Manchester Camerata.  

Whilst General Manager at the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Stephen’s work focused on the day-to-day running of the company, including numerous co-productions with companies such as Graeae, Gecko, Analogue and Hoipolloi.  

In his role as Festival Director for PULSE Fringe Festival, Stephen was responsible for developing the annual event into a national platform for emerging and mid-career artists with a multi-artform focus including contemporary practice and incoming international work. 

He has co-produced a number of productions for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as participating as a judge for a variety of theatre awards, including the Total Theatre Awards. Stephen was also a core panel member for the Escalator East to Edinburgh scheme.   

 From January 2011 Stephen was a Relationship Manager for Theatre at Arts Council England and project managed the 2016 National Theatre Analysis. In July 2016 Stephen joined the Stephen Joseph Theatre as Chief Executive.