Clare Connor

Director of Business Development at the Southbank Centre


Clare Connor began her career as a professional dancer and is now Director of Business Development at Southbank Centre. She believes in the importance of following your passion and believes that the arts have the power to inspire, create a sense of well-being as well as being capable of transforming people’s lives.

Clare graduated with a first class honours in contemporary dance from London Contemporary Dance School in 1991 and joined Phoenix Dance Theatre where she toured extensively in the UK and internationally. As a “teacher-artist” working in schools Further Education and Higher Education and won three successive national Edexcel Beacon Awards for innovation in the curriculum as well as a Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Scholarship to work with professional artist Saburo Teshigawara and Karas Dance Company. A co-writer of the performing arts programmes at the University of East London, Clare has supported the validation of new arts programmes in several universities and is currently a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Lincoln.

Clare was appointed as Director of Stratford Circus in 2005 where she spearheaded the re-imagining of Stratford Circus; introducing and developing the artistic programme, establishing a commissioning programme for new and diverse work for children and young people and working with her team to craft a unique business model. In December 2011, Clare completed a business transfer, creating a new charitable organisation to run Stratford Circus as well as securing the largest percentage increase in arts funding in the UK in 2012.

In 2014 Clare joined Jude Kelly and the team at Southbank Centre where she leads on fundraising and the development of the artistic

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