Phil Douglas has been appointed Creative Producer at Dance City.

Phil has worked in the Arts & Culture sector across the North East since 2007.

During this time, he has undertaken a variety of freelance roles focused around Arts and Cultural Development, Diversity, Marketing and Participation working with organisations including Theatre Royal Newcastle, Theatre Hullabaloo, Dance City, Gateshead Council, Middlesbrough Council and Hartlepool Borough Council. He has also worked in the private sector managing an LGBTQ magazine, social events and a bar & nightclub complex for a number of years before focusing on Arts & Festivals Producing.

Alongside his current role as Creative Producer at Dance City, he manages a portfolio of freelance arts producing projects within Dance, Outdoor Arts, and Queer Arts sectors, including the award winning Curious Arts Festival.

Phil says, “I am really pleased to be joining Dance City as Creative Producer. I have been involved in Dance Development for over 10 years, working with a number of incredible dance artists and companies in the region. This role provides a great opportunity to continue and develop this work. I’m looking forward to working with the team at Dance City to continue the existing and create new artist development activity. ┬áThe current commissions are a particularly exciting range of artists I am looking forward to seeing the outcome of.”

Dance City Artistic Director, Anthony Baker says, “We are delighted that Phil is taking up this crucial role within the region’s dance development organisation. Our work to build an infrastructure for dance is enabling dancers to stay in the region and live their creative careers here. In the past year alone, we have commissioned seven new pieces from local dance artists and support 22 local and international artists through our Creative Summer residency programme. We have also provided over 4,300 hour of free studio time to help professional dance artists to develop their work. I’m excited to work with Phil to build and improve on these fantastic achievements.”