Ludus Dance appoints new Artistic Director & Chief Executive
Ludus Dance has appointed Anthony Briggs as its new Artistic Director & Chief Executive. The charity engages and empowers people through dance in Lancashire and across the North West and Anthony is delighted to lead the organisation into the next exciting phase of its work as a national leader in dance, and an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). The organisation will focus on providing opportunities through the arts, working especially with children and young people who are marginalised, isolated, at risk or underprivileged.
Anthony Briggs joined Ludus Dance in 2012 as a Dance Development Artist with extensive experience developing and delivering dance and arts-based activity across the North. Previously he worked for Qdos Dance Theatre in Barnsley, Burnley Youth Theatre, Burnley Council and Burnley College as a specialist in projects for disadvantaged young people who face significant personal challenges. Over the last six years at Ludus Dance, he has been promoted to the roles of Artistic Producer and Artistic Director. When the Ludus Dance Board recruited for the newly created role of Artistic Director & Chief Executive, Anthony was selected for his ability to drive the organisation forward, through strong, inspirational leadership, to achieve its’ artistic, strategic and financial objectives within a changing social, cultural and commercial environment. He will be responsible for strategy, artistic quality, business management, fundraising and for supporting a dynamic, relevant, inclusive and sustainable organisation.
“Ludus Dance has a strong heritage in the arts, dance and in the community,” commented Anthony on his appointment, “and I am proud to build on this 40 plus year legacy, as we continue our work with a wide variety of people, partners and communities to support personal, social and cultural wellbeing. The arts change lives. Dance changed my life and I dread to think where I would be now without it. Art to me is like a vehicle. It allows me to go to those deep places without being trapped in myself, bringing back experiences that can then be shaped to help others – politically, emotionally, culturally, and socially.”