Jude Kelly CBE

Jude Kelly was born in Liverpool and is Artistic Director of Southbank Centre and the IFB2016 Creative Director.  She founded Solent People’s Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, and was the founding director of West Yorkshire Playhouse.

In 1997, Jude was awarded an OBE for services to theatre and in 2015 she was made a CBE for services to the Arts. In 2002 Jude founded Metal, where artistic hunches can be pursued in community contexts. There are currently three Metal hubs – in Southend, Peterborough and Edge Hill.


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