Simon Harris

Director at Lucid

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I write and direct, mainly for theatre. I also have a track record as a producer both within organisations and as an independent.

My passion is for designing and leading creative processes that lead to inspiring and original outcomes. I’ve done this as a theatre director working in a range of forms, but primarily within new writing and contemporary performance. I’ve also worked extensively as a producer, developing other people’s ideas and developing initiatives aimed at building the capacity of artists and networks within the performing arts. All of my work is driven by the desire to enable talent and nurture environments where individuals can fulfil their potential.

In 2005/06, I was lucky enough to be selected as the first Welsh Fellow on The Clore Leadership Programme, a development initiative to encourage leaders in culture.

I went on to form Lucid “to inspire and produce projects that are clear-sighted, revelatory and original.” Through Lucid, I developed a contemporary version of Chekhov’s early play Platonov re-imagined as an anti-austerity parable and I am currently developing an updated version of Ibsen’s Little Eyolf with the 2015 winners of The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Award Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari of the Shunt Collective.

My other work with Lucid is focussed on projects that build capacity and support creative professionals to think boldly and work radically. Having originated a programme of exchange and mentoring with the Live Feed initiative, Lucid is currently delivering a project for Creu Cymru, brokering relationships between venues and independent artists. Also, currently, I am leading on the Wales-based independent producers network Producers’ Place.

I continue to work on innovative and significant projects as an independent producer and director.

In 2016, I launched Culture lab a five month leadership development programme to harness the power of emerging cultural leaders here in Wales

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