News: SYT Announces New CEO

Currently Creative Learning Manager for Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Learning Team, Jacky will take up the role in April. She has extensive youth theatre experience having previously been Artistic Director at Burnley Youth Theatre and a member of the Board of the National Association of Youth Theatres including three years as Co-Chair. She has mentored several youth theatres in areas such as business planning, organisational development, fundraising and working with volunteers.

SYT Vice Chair Janette Harkess said:  “I’m delighted to welcome Jacky to the Scottish Youth Theatre team at such an important and exciting stage in our development. The performing arts have such an important role to play in enriching the lives of young people and in helping them explore their potential. Scottish Youth Theatre has a key role to play in further developing vibrancy and relevance of the nation’s youth arts and I’m sure Jacky will bring a fresh focus and energy to our ambitious plans for the future.”

Jacky Hardacre said: “When I first visited SYT I felt like I’d come home. I believe, of all art forms, theatre offers the greatest range of pathways, life skills and experiences for young people to shape the adults they will become.

“It is a real privilege to have the opportunity to continue my work at a national level with an organisation that has such a long and significant history. I’m looking forward to working with the team to realise our ambitious and challenging plans for the future – particularly in the run-up to the 2018 Year of Young People.”

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For further information please contact:
Cat Reilly, Marketing Manager, Scottish Youth Theatre

16th February 2016 By CatR

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