About

I believe that the arts are important: There is no disputing that a work of art can exist for its own sake and many artists have proven this over the years.

For those of us who believe that inspirational art and one’s own creativity should accessible to and accessed by the widest proportion of society; a deeper engagement with the principles of learning and community-led initiatives is key.

This, and the belief that participation and live audience shared-experience results in the most exciting long-term impact, fuels most of what I do and how I go about doing it.

I have experience of developing and running small and large scale projects and events and have been involved in many high-profile campaigns, events and one-off activities including:

o War Horse projects on the 2013/14 UK and Ireland Tour
o The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time learning programme for the 2015 Tour
o Running activities at Hay Festival in 2008, 2013 and 2014
o Holding large audience onstage events at various venues in Stratford-upon-Avon, London, on tour in the UK and internationally
o Stand up for Shakespeare
o Interviewing Lenny Henry
o I am also working with Touring Consortium Theatre Company as an Educational Consultant

I am particularly interested in contributing to programmes which highlight the importance of drama as an effective tool for developing behavioural change: I am a recently retired board member of Geese Theatre Company and have worked on a project for Rideout both of whom use innovative, arts-based approaches to working with prisoners and staff within prisons and seek to influence the UK Criminal Justice System.

Here’s my CV: CV MELANIE WHITEHEAD Feb 2016

If you’re interested in talking to me about any of the above or other interesting, challenging or stimulating projects, events or programmes please do contact me

Here’s what some people have said about me lately:

“Melanie has a wealth of experience and creativity that has been instrumental in us building National and Regional partnerships which have been a catalyst for change in Tameside. She has a generous and developmental approach to her work which is targeted, well-focussed and delivers every time. She is welcoming and can see opportunities in all the work she undertakes which means those she partners with give their very best to projects.”
Vanessa Rothwell, Arts & Engagement Manager, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

 

“Having worked with Melanie on several creative learning initiatives, I can testify to her phenomenal project management skills. She drives complex multi-venue creative programmes from concept to completion, working in partnership with a variety of creatives, educators and agencies. She has a strong sense of vision and the ability to win the commitment and involvement of those she works alongside, encouraging them to share her passion and vision and work with her to see it realised.”
Gillian Sherwood, Head of Learning & Engagement, The Lowry

“During her time as a member of the Board of Trustees of Geese Theatre Company, Melanie was always a dynamic presence on the Board, willing to ask challenging questions and to push the company to consider alternative perspectives. Melanie offered clear guidance about how to position the company in the market-place and a great deal of help with promotional material, events and  fundraising opportunities. A particularly notable feature of Melanie’s contribution was her highly motivated and collaborative approach.”
Clark Baim, Chair of the Board, Geese Theatre Company