BEACON Arts Centre, Greenock has announced the appointments of a new creative producer and general manager.
Karen Townsend has joined as creative producer after an extensive career in theatre, including working as programme producer for the Scottish Drama Training Network, part of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; head of learning and access for the major theatre group Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG); and creative learning manager at the King’s and Theatre Royal in Glasgow.
Lesley Davidson has joined as general manager after 21 years at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre, where she started as front of house manager and worked her way to general manager.
Pauline Kane, director of Beacon Arts Centre, said: “I am delighted to welcome Karen and Lesley to the team. They bring a wealth of experience to their respective roles and I look forward to working alongside them as we embark on the next exciting stage of the Beacon’s journey, delivering a diverse and accessible programme for the people of Inverclyde and beyond, both in our wonderful venue and in the community.”
Karen said: “I am delighted to have joined the Beacon team to continue their work to light up lives in Inverclyde. The pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities and the arts here, but that also brings great opportunities for our work.
“My main driver has always been that everyone has the right to experience the joy of the arts and live performance and our work here will strive to bring that to fruition in Inverclyde.”
Lesleysaid: “I’m thrilled to be starting work as a general manager and can’t wait to enjoy the views from the theatre every day.
“I will be in charge of day-to-day operations as we welcome audiences and visitors back to the Beacon and put on our new shows, exhibitions and classes.”