The Other Way Works announces appointment of first Executive Director

October 12, 2015 by

The Other Way Works is delighted to announce the appointment of new Executive Director Mary Helen Young. Mary Helen will support Artistic Director Katie Day, leading on business development and fundraising for the company.

Mary Helen will bring to the role almost 15 years of diverse experience working in the US and UK in the performing arts and international working sectors. She has a strong background in fundraising from EU funding programmes, having previously worked as a consultant on Creative Europe and Erasmus+ bids, and as Information Officer for the UK Cultural Contact Point. She is also Operations Manager for Visiting Arts, working to expand their professional development offer and build stronger links to multipliers in the sector. Mary Helen drove the re-launch of VA’s international networking site and leads on user experience and creating value and resources for the sector to thrive, overseeing the addition of over 15,000 members and profiles. Additionally, she previously managed sales and business development for the Louise Blouin Foundation. Her arts management career began as a theatre box office manager in 2001 at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC.

Of her new role, Mary Helen said “I am excited to collaborate with Katie Day on the rich creativity of The Other Way Works to create a sustainable future for this inspiring company. I am very much looking forward to returning to work directly with a performing company after having worked widely across sectors for a number of years. TOWW already has a strong reputation for creating and developing progressive immersive theatre and technology to bring experiences to audiences in new ways. I will be looking to platform this ground-breaking work nationally and internationally, and along with the TOWW team, re-invent the way people engage with culture.”

Katie Day, Artistic Director of The Other Way Works, said “I am excited to have Mary Helen on board for this phase of development of the company. Building on the momentum of our sold-out 2015 tour of Black Tonic, we are looking to expand our capacity to create, produce and present new work and to broaden our reach. Mary Helen will bring the experience and structure needed to TOWW to allow us to be flexible, responsive and ambitious with our future artistic goals.”