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Kate Wood

Executive and Artistic Director

Kate is a senior arts manager and has over twenty-five years experience working in the arts and creative industries. From performing and tour management, through to her current Director roles, taking Activate from a county-based organisation to one working with artists and producers from all over Europe, and one that works on major projects such as 14-18 Now project Pages of the Sea.

Kate has had the pleasure of working with many talented artists and companies and has led Activate into several National and European partnerships including in order to support, commission and present extraordinary artists and artistic work.  Kate is Co-Artistic Director of Inside Out Dorset, helping to commission land-based performance and make the festival nationally distinctive.

The first to go to University in her family, Kate is passionate about equality, the environment and democratising the arts and early on was inspired by the work of Dario Fo, Complicité and Welfare State International.

Kate’s favourite Activate moment: there are too many for one favourite – I love being with the audience when they experience something unexpected.

When they’re not working: when she’s not at a theatre, gallery or street arts festival, Kate likes to cook for friends, go on long walks, watch live music and great films.

Kate uses the pronouns she/her.

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