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Birkbeck Inspires: The effect of the pandemic on the performing arts industry

Venue: Online

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Birkbeck has launched a new programme, 'Birkbeck Inspires', a free online events, activities and resources programme designed to inspire learning, provoke thought, and entertain and excite curious minds.

The performing arts industry has been hit hard by Covid-19 with widespread redundancies and insolvency. In this Birkbeck Inspires session, Pauline Greene, Associate Lecturer in the Department for Film, Media and Cultural Studies, invites three guest speakers to join her in a round-table discussion of how the pandemic has impacted their areas of work, and their perspectives on how the industry is responding to the crisis. The guest speakers are Chloe Miller Smith, freelance producer, presenter and events manager; Freddie Crossley, former Assistant Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth; and Eliza Thompson, Producer at OperaGlass Works. There will also be an opportunity for a question and answer session with Pauline and the guest speakers.

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  • Freddie Crossley -

    Former Assistant Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth

  • Chloe Miller Smith -

    Freelance producer, presenter and events manager

  • Ms Pauline Greene
  • Eliza Thompson -

    Producer at OperaGlass Works