Following a Year of Exceptional Drama to celebrate Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Hull Truck Theatre is moving into the next stage of its journey and welcoming new members to the team.
With an impressive career in the industry, which includes the role of Technical Manager at The Victoria Theatre, Oliver Brown joins Hull Truck Theatre as its Head of Production and Technical. This entails leading the technical team, production managing in-house shows, including the upcoming Christmas production of Oliver Twist, and being a Support Hub for the Production Managers’ Forum.
Oliver trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has worked as a resident technician within some of the UK's most respected venues, including Curve, Harrogate Theatre and Riding Lights. He has toured the UK with The Winter’s Tale, Eurobeat and most recently Origins and Lemons, all of which further strengthened his understanding of the national touring landscape. As a leader in Technical Theatre, Oliver has lectured and managed courses for Gateway College and Stratford upon Avon College, which contributed to a nomination for a Technical Theatre Award for his work in education.
Also bringing a wealth of experience is Adam Pownall, Hull Truck Theatre’s new Theatre Producer & Programmer. Highly experienced in programming and producing, Adam is moving here from Lincoln Drill Hall, where he was Artistic Programme and Participation Manager. Prior to that, his skills were applied to a range of productions at Derby Theatre.
Adam’s work has been recognised nationally for its high calibre, which led to him winning the Olwen Wymark Award in 2014. This was for supporting New Writing within Theatre for the Writer’s Guild, following his involvement in opening and running Create Theatre in Mansfield. Adam is also an artist himself, having self-produced and performed in the national tour of Getting Better Slowly, an inspiring story of recovery told through new writing, movement and sound.
Adam specialises in supporting emerging companies, artist development and new writing and is a proud advocate for regional work, making him a fantastic asset to Hull Truck Theatre’s Grow Festival. He is a trustee for Zest Theatre and Vice Chair of the Board and Patron for GAIN Charity.
Mark Babych, Artistic Director, says: “Everyone at Hull Truck Theatre is thrilled to welcome Oliver and Adam to the team. Their unique skills and impressive experience are already proving invaluable, perfectly complementing our commitment to producing inspiring theatre that reflects the diversity of a modern Britain.”
This expansion is perfectly timed, complementing Director of Communications, Ruth Puckering, taking on the duties of Interim Executive Director as Janthi Mills-Ward begins her maternity leave. With extensive experience at senior level in arts marketing and communications throughout the cultural sector, Ruth joined Hull Truck Theatre in 2015 and was integral to the strategic delivery of the theatre’s 2017 programme. With a master’s degree in Creative Writing and a passion for strong leadership and collaboration, Ruth is all set to launch Hull Truck Theatre into its exciting autumn/winter season.
Janthi Mills-Ward, Executive Director, says: “With a diverse programme of work carrying on the momentum of 2017, this is a very busy time for Hull Truck Theatre. Having the right team in place is imperative, and these developments will ensure that our city remains firmly on the cultural map.”