The Board of Brentwood Theatre Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Jon Hare as Theatre Manager. This new position will combine both the production and administration elements of the Theatre, to ensure it continues to be a welcoming and vibrant space within the community.
Production Manager, David Zelly, is due to retire at the end of July and Theatre Administrator, Mark Reed, recently announced his decision to move on after fifteen years of service. Jon will be joining the existing team from 20th March 2017 on a consultative basis to ensure a smooth handover which will enable him to hit the ground running when he takes up his full time employment on 1st August 2017.
Raised in Upminster, Jon Hare has been involved with Brentwood Theatre for nearly two decades, both as a performer with local groups and as a volunteer technician. With a BA (Hons) Degree from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Technical and Production Management, Jon has extensive experience working for venues including the National Theatre, Young Vic, Edinburgh’s Assembly Halls and Camden’s Roundhouse, as well as running his own technical support company for theatre and live events since 2003.
Now living in Shenfield, Jon said, “I am very excited to take charge of a theatre which I have always considered home and look forward to meeting and working with the highly-valued staff and volunteers who make Brentwood Theatre such a hive of activity.
The dedicated involvement of so many people within Brentwood Theatre’s community has created a strong position for further growth. David and Mark, who have both played such pivotal roles in their time here, will be a tough act to follow. I look forward to learning from them, as well as all the other staff, volunteers and trustees during the transition period.
I look forward to making a substantial contribution to the Board’s strategic planning; they have some exciting plans for future development of Brentwood Theatre, which we hope to reveal later this year. The Arts are continually evolving and we hope to work closely with all who use the Theatre, and those who have yet to find out about all the opportunities available, to ensure that the needs of current, past and future users are met.”
Jon Hare strongly believes that, now more than ever, communities need to work closely together. He is looking forward to meeting everyone and creating a strategy to take the community theatre forward ahead of the 25thAnniversary Year in 2018.