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  • Posted 3 March 2021


    LIFT are excited to welcome three new appointments to the current team in three newly designed roles. These appointments will support LIFT’s artistic and producing ambitions, connect and build audiences and ensure the company’s long term income generating aims.

     Alice Sewell has joined this March as Head of Communications and Audiences, a Londoner, she comes to LIFT from Barcelona. Her previous roles include The House of St Barnabas and the RSA. Alice will be joined by Isabelle Acred, currently Lyric Hammersmith’s Trust and Foundation Manager and who becomes LIFT’s Head of Development in April and Senior Producer at Punchdrunk Enrichment Alex Rowse, who takes up the role of Creative Producer in May 2021.

    Alice Sewell said, ‘”I am thrilled to be joining LIFT to help to amplify their mission; forging connections across borders and cultures has never been more important. I’m excited to be a part of shaping and sharing LIFT next chapter as we navigate new restrictions and possibilities and develop differently and hopefully, better ways to bring impactful, awe-inspiring theatre and experiences to audiences across London and the world.”

    Isabelle Acred said “I feel so fortunate to have been offered a role at such an amazing cultural institution. I first encountered LIFT in 2018, both as an audience member, and as part of the 14-18 NOW, where I was privileged to partner with LIFT on a number of exciting projects. The past year has been such a difficult time for the performing arts and LIFT plays such a key role in London’s cultural landscape – so I am beyond excited to help them continue producing bold and risk-taking contemporary theatre across our city’s amazing space.”

    Alex Rowse said, “My experiences both as an audience member and presenting work at the festival in 2018 have given me a deep admiration for LIFT. I’m honoured to be joining Kris, Stella and the team at a time when their stand for internationalism is more relevant than ever. I’m looking forward to supporting the international creative community, exploring bold new ways of making work and bringing unforgettable, thought-provoking experiences to audiences and participants in the city that I love”.

    Speaking about these key appointments Kris Nelson, LIFT’s Artistic Director and CEO said “I am delighted to be welcoming Alice, Isabelle and Alex to the LIFT team as we plan our future and build towards cultural recovery. Each one of them brings extraordinary talent, skill and experience to their roles. We couldn’t be more excited for them to be joining us during this momentous year, LIFT’s 40th birthday. There is much hard work still ahead for the cultural sector so it’s great to have something to celebrate!


    Find out more about new LIFT appointees:


    Alice Sewell – LIFT’s part-time Head of Communications and Audiences

    Alice is joining the LIFT team from Barcelona, where she recently moved to pursue a different lifestyle and learn Spanish. A born-and-bred Londoner, Alice is passionate about improving access to arts and culture and about the power of the arts to spark positive change. She spent five years working at award-winning not-for-profit members’ club The House of St Barnabas, where arts and culture were combined to support the mission to break the cycle of homelessness. There she produced and supported festivals created in partnership with Bestival, Eat Your Own Ears and Worldwide, as well as the charity’s flagship festival Art Social, as well as curating and leading numerous events and marketing campaigns. As the events and programme manager for Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Alice curated and produced exhibitions and events (for Rawthmells) to facilitate collaborative, diverse and productive conversations around the most pressing challenges facing society. Alice is also a board member of PADA, an artist-led, non-profit arts organisation based in Barreiro in Lisbon’s South Bay.


    Isabelle Acred – LIFT’s Head of Development

    Isabelle is an experienced fundraiser across multiple art forms. She has been Development Manager at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre for the last 2 years and has previously worked at the British Museum and 14-18 NOW, a major cultural programme marking the centenary of the First World War. Isabelle is also a Trustee of Apples & Snakes, England’s leading spoken word poetry organisation that exists to support poets at all stages of their careers. Isabelle has a BA in French and History from Warwick University, and an MA in World History and Cultures from King’s College London. Originally from rural South Wales, she has been living in West London for the last 6 years.


    Alex Rowse – LIFT’s Creative Producer

    Alex has 10 years of experience as a creative producer, specialising in immersive and experimental work for young people, communities and public audiences. Prior to joining LIFT she worked with Punchdrunk for over 6 years as Enrichment Producer and then Senior Producer, leading an ambitious programme of enrichment projects. She has worked in partnership with organisations such as Imaginate, V&A, National Maritime Museum, Google’s Creative Lab, Magic Me and the RSC. Prior to this she worked at Coney as their General Manager and Learning Producer. She has been a mentor with Sour Lemons, a Culture Reset participant and is an alumnus of the Clore Leadership Intensive. She is passionate about new forms of storytelling, talent development and creative technology.