The Kenton Theatre is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Price-Davies as General Manager and Tom Ryan as Programming & Communications Manager. They will be working in partnership, on a job-share basis, dividing this full-time position between their respective roles.
This comes after the decision of Zsuzsi Lindsay to step down as general manager and the increase in the hours of the job(s) from two-and-a-half days to five days. Paula has worked in events and arts administration for over 15 years and will continue in her Event & Project Co-ordinator role at Henley Town Council on a part-time basis. In that role Paula has developed partnerships and sponsorship agreements for the town, as well as organising events including the annual Christmas Festival and Civic Functions. Tom has been responsible for programming and communications at the Henley Literary Festival since 2013, during which time attendance has risen by almost 50%, having previously worked for the Daily Mail group. In his role at the Literary Festival, in which he will continue, he has programmed numerous events at the Kenton, ranging from play readings and poetry performances to talks and Q&As with speakers including Brian Blessed, Lynda La Plante, John Sentamu and Katherine Grainger.
Kenton Trustees’ chair Rick White said: “We’re delighted to have Paula and Tom on board; not only do they both have excellent CVs, they are both Henley residents with strong professional and personal connections to the Kenton. We feel they are the perfect people to build on the great work done by Zsuzsi.”
Paula said: “It is an exciting time to be joining the Kenton and I look forward to working collaboratively with and supporting Tom, the management team and the invaluable team of volunteers on a daily basis. We want to ensure that the Theatre remains a hub for the widest possible range of the community, whether on stage, front of house or as the audience. We want to build on Zsuzsi’s short legacy of bringing a new varied programme to the Kenton. We are also looking to work more with local businesses to develop partnerships.”
Tom told the Henley Herald: “It is an exciting time to be joining the Kenton. We have the second Comedy at the Kenton night this Friday, after a terrific first one in February, plus a great show of Broadway and West End hits with HAODS next week, and lots of exciting things in prospect for the rest of the year. We want to open the doors to new audiences especially the younger audience.”