Linda Lewis biography

Linda Lewis has worked in the arts for over forty years. On leaving the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama she was immediately snapped up by the children’s theatre company Theatre Centre both as an actor and director where she toured all over the country. As an actress she has worked in television in Scotland. She has run many workshops, taught in schools, colleges and universities as well as the commercial sector. During her role as Drama Officer at the South East Arts Board, the regional arts funding agency for the South East of England, she developed new initiatives in street arts, puppetry, and circus and this is where her enthusiasm and love for puppetry and outdoor arts emerged.

When she left South East Arts she became the Theatre Director for the De La Warr Pavilion, the iconic building in Bexhill where she programmed the 1000 seat theatre, the 100 seat Elizabeth Room and the outdoor Terrace as well as managing the staff and catering facilities.

In 2000 she was invited to take over as Director of the ‘visions’ festival of international visual theatre and puppetry at the University of Brighton. During her tenure here she made many international and national puppetry relationships and contacts.

Whilst visiting puppetry festivals abroad and in the UK, she longed to bring such a festival to her home town, Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

Linda has been a freelance creative producer with four highly acclaimed productions under her belt, ranging from a new play by John Retallack, ‘Ballroom’ which she commissioned in collaboration with the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton and the De La Warr Pavilion with a successful national tour, playing to packed houses at the Riverside Studios in London, to a community production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with 80 children from Tonbridge and the surrounding local villages at the E.M Forster Theatre.

More recently Linda was the Director of the Puppet Centre Trust – a development agency for promoting and advocating puppetry in England.