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The British Council

London, UK

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise.

Staff on the project

Steven is the British Council’s Theatre & Dance programme manager for The Americas, the Caribbean, EU Europe, South East Asia, Australia & New Zealand. In this role he works with theatre & dance professionals and companies across the UK, building direct creative links with festivals, venues and peer artists across the EU and other responsible regions. Steven is also Project Manager for the British Council on Creative Europe project Reshape and is experienced in co-designing and delivering cultural projects spanning different geographies and contexts. Steven has several years of experience directly in the UK arts sector - as Director of the Nightingale Theatre in Brighton, delivering a variety of projects to include communities and children across Brighton; as Executive Producer of SPILL Festival of Performance in 2009, Steven produced a large-scale festival of experimental performance in 23 venues across London; and as a dance artist, he worked as a rehearsal director and associate artistic director of Rambert Dance Company, as well as performing himself.
Sarah is the Head of Arts in Paris, with responsibility for the strategic lead and implementation of the British Council’s arts work in France. This involves partnership and programme development across a range of art forms and themes with French arts organisations to support international opportunities for UK artists and arts professionals. She is experienced in project design and delivery, intercultural competence and in her knowledge of French and UK cultural sectors. Sarah has experience of working on EU-funded projects and previously managed a 2-year cooperation project supporting disabled artists and audiences with 4 EU arts partners. Sarah is trained as a British Council Accredited Diversity Facilitator which means she is mandated to talk about the British Council’s global work in equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). She has understanding and experience of key EDI topics and issues (ex. disability, race, gender, religion, unconscious bias) and supports organizational capability in EDI by running workshops and leading and facilitating training sessions.