Very rarely does one find a performing arts company that has the opportunity and ability, not only to challenge the status quo in an avant-garde manner, but manages to continually succeed, leads the city, region, and country in the international marketplace and generates its own sustainable future.
James Yarker is the Artistic Director with Stan’s Cafe (pronounced ‘Caff’ – not Café like wot I did!), and along with Craig Stephens and Charlotte Martin (both lovely people that I met again today), the company are moving forwards with ambitious plans, and gaining rightful international recognition with every performance they produce.
I dare say, that we will be hearing a lot more from Stan’s Cafe in the future, and I for one will be attending some of their performances, in what looks like a very ambitious and exciting programme of future productions.
I urge you to do the same wherever you are… if Stan’s Cafe appear near you, please make an effort to go check them out. You can find more information at http://stanscafe.co.uk
Contained within the interview, Helga tells us her thoughts on the creative industries and a way forwards for Birmingham; her use of social media, connectivity and communications; and how the use of digital media in the arts requires an attitude shift from cultural providers, to encourage listening to audiences, and the democratic process involved when engaging with them. Finally, we hear of Fierce Earth’s upcoming programme and their plans for the future.
Helga is a graduate in Drama and French, a qualified lawyer and a former Associate at Wragge & Co.
Her experience includes Business Development Manager for Second Sight and being the first administrator for Women & Theatre. Helga is a Board Member of Bright Space (UK) Ltd and Geese Theatre and has previously held the position of Chair of the Board for Creative Republic.
In addition, Helga has particular expertise in professional services marketing, presentation skills training and meeting facilitation. Currently, Helga is leading the on-line campaign team behind Birmingham’s City of Culture bid.
Self-described as “Tireless champion of the West Midlands’ creative industries and fan of a nice cup of tea” – you can contact Helga via her blog, twitter or LinkedIn.