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    LIFT explodes across the city every two years in June.

    Since 1981 LIFT has been pioneering new forms of theatre, presenting spectacular performances and moments of magic in every corner of the capital. A year-round programme culminates in the world-renowned biennial festival that transforms the city into a stage.

    Led by Artistic Director, Mark Ball, LIFT 2016 took place from 1 June to 2 July and was our most ambitious festival yet, with work happening everywhere from the Barbican and Sadler’s Wells to and East End graveyard and historic Music Hall.


    We’re a lively bunch, dedicated to finding, promoting and collaborating with the greatest talent across the world. We’re all here to provide you with a memorable LIFT experience.

    Mark Ball

    Artistic Director

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    Francis Christeller

    Marketing & Development Coordinator

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    Priya Jethwa

    Executive Assistant

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    Beki Bateson

    Executive Director

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    Jon Davis


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    Bonnie Smith

    Marketing & Digital Manager

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    David Binder

    Guest Artistic Director, LIFT 2018

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    David Lewis

    Head of Finance and Operations

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    Dan Jacques

    Finance & Admin Assistant

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    Carolyn Forsyth

    Senior Producer

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    Kevin Isaacs

    Communications Consultant

    For PR enquiries get in touch with Kean|Lanyon for print and broadcast PR or The Corner Shop for online PR.

    LIFT’s generous and supportive Patrons are Dame Amelia FawcettRalph FiennesSir Nicholas HytnerLady Helena Kennedy, Sir Mark RylanceFiona Shaw CBEJuliet Stevenson CBEDame Janet Suzman and the Earl of Gowrie.


    LIFT is governed by a dedicated and talented board of trustees, supported by a Digital Board and a Finance Committee. Their support ensures we are able to deliver all that we do to the highest standard.

    Bernard Donoghue

    Director - The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions

    LIFT Trustee (Chair) & LIFT Finance Committee

    George Kessler CBE

    Joint Managing Director - Kesslers International Limited

    LIFT Trustee

    Hannah Azieb Pool

    Senior Programmer, Contemporary Culture – Southbank Centre

    LIFT Trustee

    Martin Harrison

    Group Financial Controller - Inmarsat PLC

    LIFT Finance Committee

    Simon London

    Co-Founder – KidRated

    LIFT Trustee

    Alan Strong

    Technology consultant

    LIFT Trustee

    Craig Hassell AM

    CEO - Opera Australia

    LIFT Trustee

    Mitra Memarzia.

    Artist and Digital Consultant

    LIFT Trustee & Digital Board

    Aileen Walker OBE

    Public engagement and parliamentary strengthening specialist

    LIFT Trustee & LIFT Finance Committee

    Richard Huntington

    Strategy Director - Saatchi & Saatchi

    LIFT Trustee

    David Philip

    Retired Finance Director

    LIFT Trustee & LIFT Finance Committee (Chair)

    Enni-Kukka Tuomala

    Senior Strategist - adam&eveDDB

    Digital Board (Chair)

    Matt Muir

    Communications Consultant

    Digital Board

    Maya Gabrielle

    Senior Digital Producer - National Theatre and Author

    Digital Board

    Ross Sleight

    Chief Strategy Officer - Somo

    Digital Board

    Jonathan May

    Programme Manager (Americas and South Asia) - British Council

    Digital Board

    Tiru Thiruvilangam

    Head of Innovation and Engagement - Impact

    Digital Board

    Tishna Molla

    Film & Literary Agent, Michelle Kass Associates & freelance consultant

    Digital Board


    LIFT platforms an astonishing diversity of work that engages with the big ideas of our times in eye-opening, witty and entertaining ways. LIFT is young at heart and curious of mind: we exist to challenge, provoke and invigorate, and most importantly to be bold, to experiment and to learn. We are ambitious and we want to do more.

    Your support is vital in making our work happen. As an individual or business there are many ways you can show your support to LIFT. From giving a little extra at the checkout to becoming a Founder supporter of LIFT, we welcome any support you can give.

    “Over the decades LIFT has perfected the art of Festival supporting and enabling artists from all over the world to produce their best work in this country.”

    Vikki Heywood CBE - Chairman, RSA


    LIFT works in partnership on projects with a range of local, national and international organisations to build stronger relationships with artists and the cultural sector to broaden our ambition.

    LIFT is proud to collaborate with partners across four European projects supported by the Creative Europe Programme and the Culture Programme of the European Union. This enables us to support artists, reach a wider and more diverse audience and create new work and initiatives.

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    LIFT is looking to appoint an Artistic Director / Joint Chief Executive to succeed Mark Ball who will leave LIFT in June 2017.

    For over three decades LIFT has presented the stories of the world to every corner of our city, pioneering new forms of theatre and setting the benchmark for internationalism in the arts. Working closely with major theatres, dance houses, museums and galleries, LIFT produces a biennial London-wide festival with commissioning at its heart, as well as year-round activity including large scale projects, national touring and participatory work.

    We are now seeking to appoint an inspiring leader to work collaboratively with the Board, the Executive Director / Joint Chief Executive and the rest of the team to create a fantastic new chapter in LIFT’s story.

    The successful candidate will have proven artistic vision and have delivered amazing productions and eclectic programmes, they will be a confident fundraiser, advocate and communicator and able to forge and maintain strong and successful relationships with a range of partners. Inspired by LIFT’s founding values, we remain steadfastly committed to the principles of our inaugural 1981 festival. We seek an Artistic Director with a passion for London, to Internationalism, to the notion of Festival, and to Theatre, in all of its diversity.

    A full job description, person specification and further information about LIFT can be found in the Information for Candidates pack.

    To apply for the post, please send an up to date CV; a covering letter outlining (in no more than two pages) your vision for LIFT for the next five years; a statement addressing the selection criteria; contact details for two referees who can be contacted if you are to reach the shortlist stage and the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to:

    recruitment@liftfestival.com or to Bernard Donoghue, Chair, LIFT, Toynbee Studios, 28 Commercial Street, E1 6AB

    Application deadline: 9am, Tuesday 30 May 2017

    First round interviews: Friday 9 June 2017

    Second round interviews: Wednesday 21 June 2017

    Anticipated start date: April 2018

    LIFT seeks to actively encourage applications from those with less visibility in the arts. We specifically welcome applicants from women, people with disabilities and those from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and international backgrounds.

    We look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your interest in LIFT.

    We are working with David Micklem to help identify potential applicants for this position. For a confidential conversation about LIFT and the advertised role please email David at david.micklem@btinternet.com