Pictured above: Associate Dean of Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan Professor Steve Blandford.]
The Almond and the Seahorse - Clwyd Theatr Cymru
Prestigious Appointment for Professor Blandford
March 26, 2008
Professor Steve Blandford of the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries has been appointed as a board member of the new English Language National Theatre for Wales.
Phil George, Chair of the organisation commented on the high calibre of applicants for the exciting and challenging positions as board members of the new Theatre company,
"I was delighted by the number and the strength of applications for board membership."
"It shows the tide of goodwill in support of the National Theatre. The new board is full of experience, energy and diverse skills".
[Pictured above: Phil George has been unveiled as the chair of new National English Language Theatre.]
Rhondda born, Phil George is the co-founder and Co-Creative Director of BAFTA award winning Television Production Company, Green Bay Media Ltd in Cardiff. Phil was educated at Porth County Grammar School before going on to read English at Oxford University. Formerly Head of Arts, Music and Features for BBC Wales, Phil co-founded Green Bay Media Limited in 2001, where he will continue with his role as Creative Director.
Shrewsbury-born, Professor Steve Blandford is Associate Dean and Professor of Theatre, Film and Television based at the ATRiuM.
[Pictured above: The ATRiuM in coloured floodlights, as searchlights, limousines and and the celebrity redcarpet create a celebrity splash in sexy Cardiff city centre. The BBC Wales covered the event. Photography by Mark Leslie Woods © 2008]
He is also the Co-founder of The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations and has over 20 years experience in working in Theatre.
It will feature star talent and will also nurture new talent in Wales.
The new company, once created, will not be building-based. This will give it the freedom to commission and create productions.
The National English Language Theatre will work closely with the existing theatrical infrastructure to create high profile productions that will sometimes move outside the traditional theatre space.
Selected Publications of Professor Steve Blandford:
Film, Drama and The Break-Up of Britain, Bristol, Intellect, 2007.
‘Dramatic Fictions in a ‘Postcolonial’ Wales’ in Aaron J and Chris Williams (ed) Postcolonial Wales, Cardiff, UWP, 2005.
‘BBC drama at the margins: the contrasting fortunes of Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh television drama in the 1990’s in Bignell J. and Stephen Lacey (ed) Popular television drama: Critical perspectives, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2005.
‘Wales at the Oscars – Heritage Film and recent Welsh Cinema’, Cfyrwng, Vol 2,
The Film Studies Dictionary (with Barry K. Grant and Jim Hillier), London, Edward Arnold, 2000.
Wales on Screen, Bridgend, Seren, 2000.
4 plays for theatre, Worcester, J.Garnett Miller, 1998.
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