Jude Kelly

Jude Kelly has been the Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London for over 10 years.

Jude is the recipient of an Olivier Award for her production of ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ at The National Theatre, a BASCA Gold Badge Award winner for contribution to music, a Southbank Award for her opera work, Red Magazine’s 2014 Creative Woman of the Year, CBIs 2016 First Woman Award winner for Tourism and Leisure and this year won the inaugural Veuve Clicquot Woman of the Year Social Purpose Award.

She created the WOW - Women of the World Festival in 2011 which celebrates the achievements of Women and Girls.

She founded Battersea Arts Centre, Solent People's Theatre and was the founding director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. In 1997, she was awarded an OBE for her services to theatre and in 2015 she was made a CBE for services to the Arts.

She is a regular broadcaster and commentator on a range of issues relating to society, art and education.

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