Belgrade staff in running for prestigious theatre awards

Posted on 11 October 2012

We’re delighted to announce that General Manager Janthi Mills and Creative Associate Joe Harmston have been nominated for prestigious awards at this year’s Theatre Awards UK.

Ran by the Theatrical Management Association (TMA), Theatre Awards UK is the only nationwide awards scheme to honour creative excellence and the outstanding achievement seen on and off stage throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Belgrade’s General Manager, Janthi Mills has been nominated for Theatre Manager of the Year in recognition of the work she has done creating the theatre’s hugely successful Creative Apprenticeship scheme.

Launched in 2011, the scheme helps people with an interest in theatre to gain paid, hands on experience in roles ranging from marketing, community arts, wardrobe, lighting and sound. It has been met with much acclaim, with the theatre being named Creative Apprentice Employer of the Year 2012 by the National Skills Academy and one of the West Midlands’ best employers in the regional final of the National Apprenticeship Awards and National Training Awards 2012.

Janthi said, “I feel honoured to have been nominated for this award as I thoroughly enjoy working at the Belgrade and in particular encouraging apprenticeships in the arts. I have been really lucky to work with a whole host of people that have inspired and enabled me to develop a career in the theatre and I only hope I can do the same for the next generation of arts professionals coming into the industry.”

Joe Harmston has been nominated as Best Director in the Theatre Awards UK for the Belgrade’s production of Strindberg’s The Father, which ran on the Main Stage from Sat 31 March to Sat 14 April 2012.

Joe, who is also Creative Associate at the Belgrade Theatre, said, “I’m tremendously flattered to be in such great company with the other nominees. The Father was a labour of love for myself and writer Laurie Slade and this nomination, especially after a run of just two weeks, is a wonderful reward. What we achieved couldn’t have happened if it hadn’t been for the vision of the Belgrade’s Artistic Director Hamish Glen and the courage of an amazing cast and creative team. The nomination is for all that collaborative effort.”

The Theatre Awards UK will be presented at a lunchtime ceremony on Sunday 28 October 2012 at the Guildhall, a medieval Grade 1 listed landmark situated in the City of London.

You can check out their competition by reading the full list of nominations.

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