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Dan Bates

Dan is the Chief Executive of Sheffield Theatres Trust, the UK’s largest regional theatre complex , with 2,500 seats across three theatres, producing extraordinary theatre in Sheffield, across the UK, in London and New York.

After his formal training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, he worked at the Theatre Royal in Windsor, Riding Lights Theatre in York and the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. He became Chief Executive at York Theatre Royal in 2004 and joined Sheffield Theatres in 2009.

Alongside his work at Sheffield Theatres, Dan is a Board member of Welcome to York shire, English Touring Theatre and the Sheffield BID Company. He also sits on the Sheffield Cultural Consortium and the task and finish group for Create Sheffield, as well as the developing Cultural Education Partnership.