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6th September 2019 Jemma Green

Smashing Systems — decolonising our work spaces

What is it about?

community engagement / leadership / alternative model / social mobility

Smashing systems does not need to be a violent act. It can be a purposeful one.

During this keynote, Stella Kanu provides a chance to deconstruct existing structures that are embedded across our ways of working. This includes how we interact with and engage our audiences — including young people and local communities.

She’ll also explore the systems that might be evident in our personal thinking, team practices and organisational structures.

View more information on Inclusivity and Audiences Day 2019 and book your place.


Stella Kanu | Executive Director | London International Festival of Theatre

Stella Kanu is Executive Director at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre). Previously, as Executive Producer at Ovalhouse, she spent 4 years overseeing a comprehensive artistic, organisational and community-led transition as Ovalhouse constructed London’s newest purpose built £15m theatre in Brixton.

She has worked in the theatre, festival and cultural sector for over 27 years shaping ideas, communities, events, people and organisations for great shifts. Working in the UK, US and Australia including Soundwave Cumbria where she was CEO, Cardboard Citizens, Harlem Stage, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Clean Break Theatre, as well as arts and regeneration directorates at numerous local and city councils.

Stella created The Pivotal Place to coach and mentor emerging, mid-career and established leaders across multiple sectors, and is a long-term leadership mentor on Engage’s UK wide Leadership Programme, Extend. Stella is a former Powerbrokers International Leadership Fellow (Cultural Leadership Programme, 2008), she is a sought-after speaker, strategic brain and trainer on topics including Diversity in Theatre, Inspired leadership, Artivism and Women & Power. 

She has served on boards including Creative Margate (including interim Chair) and New Writing South, Stella is currently Chair at Eclipse Theatre. 



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