Hello from Hannah

Reflections On My First Few Months At Chol

For those whom I haven’t yet met, my name is Hannah and I’m the new General Manager at Chol. Lovely to meet you!

As I’m almost three months into my time here, I thought a first appearance on our blog and reflection on my time so far was long overdue. Previous to my arrival at Chol, I was a freelance producer and production manager for a myriad of different organisations alongside my own production company, Thistle and Rose Arts. Some of this I still do, including tour managing for Lancaster-based Making Room and working with Sheffield Theatres as a supported artist as part of The Bank. Before the freelance life, I worked as a PA in central London for wonderful organisations including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Hunter Healthcare.

I’ve always had a head for admin, a deep love of spreadsheets and an unending curiosity for new working platforms and processes. The Chol team have certainly been busy as I’ve introduced new tech and software from every angle, but I don’t think I’ve bemused them too much! Joining the team has been truly lovely, everyone has welcomed me with open arms and it’s a joy to be working with such an incredible group of dynamic women. A special thanks must be given to Susan Burns who has imparted so much of her wisdom and experience of theatre and the arts to me since I’ve arrived and who now leaves us for pastures new. You’ve been a superstar Susan and I know we’ll all miss you very much.

Of course, we are in difficult and unprecedented times right now and my first months of work with Chol are not quite as any of us expected, but it certainly hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm for all our projects still to come this year. Recently, we had a fantastic launch event at Sheffield Theatres for our new project, Tall Shadows, and welcomed a brand new group of Young Producer interns and Young Ambassadors for the programme. I couldn’t be more thrilled to mentor these young people over the coming months and help them produce some fabulous new artworks and events with the local communities in and around Sheffield. It’s also been great fun exploring the different arms of work we deliver including projects at the Maker Space in Huddersfield and our recent Tall Shadows Masterclass at the Montgomery Theatre. 

There’s so much more I could say (the team will vouch that I could talk until Christmas!) but that’s enough for now I think. I can’t wait to meet our many partners, freelancers, participants and audience members in person over the course of 2020 and become part of Chol’s fabric as we continue to expand and tell stories across Yorkshire and beyond, armed with imagination and creativity (and perhaps a matcha latte)!

Hannah x

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