Artistic Director and CEO, Battersea Arts Centre
David is a theatre producer. He has been Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) since 2004, sharing the Joint Artistic Directorship with David Micklem from 2008–2012.
Prior to this, David was Director of Your Imagination (2001–2004), a company dedicated to producing independent artists including Ridiculusmus, Kazuko Hohki and Toby Jones; Development Producer at BAC (1999–2001), working with Artistic Director Tom Morris to develop Scratch and BAC’s Ladder of Development; and Director (1998–1999) of the Lion & Unicorn Theatre for Central School of Speech and Drama. David has also has worked as a teacher and lecturer in secondary and higher education. David was Chair of Kneehigh Theatre from 2008–2013, and Chair of the London Theatre Consortium from 2012–2015.
Battersea Arts Centre’s mission is to inspire people to take creative risks to shape the future: to develop and research a new model for theatre in the UK with artists, audiences and local communities, tapping into the creativity and potential in all of us, championing the value of a creative life, and believing that theatre is everywhere. During David’s time as Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Battersea Arts Centre has integrated its theatre, participation and events programmes; signed a 125-year lease on Battersea’s former Town Hall; opened up the Town Hall’s 72 spaces; launched new touring, artist support and young people’s programmes; started to use the building as a playground for new theatre ideas; increased its turnover from £1.5m to £3.5m; undertaken a £13.3m renovation of the Town Hall; and won international recognition for being a centre of development for new forms of theatre.