Jude Kelly OBE

Artistic Director at the Southbank Centre, London

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Professional Field
Arts and entertainment
24 March 1954
Place of Birth
Quarry Bank, Liverpool; Birmingham University

Jude Kelly became Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Britain's largest cultural institution, in 2005. In the course of her career she has directed numerous award-winning theatrical productions, working with Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart and Dawn French, among others.

"The word 'ambitious' is used as a kind of weapon, and has a negative connotation in a woman's story."
Jude Kelly OBE

She gained major recognition as the founding director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, which she established as an acknowledged centre of excellence.


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