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James Hadley became Executive Director of Musical Theatre Network in November 2015. Prior to this he worked in the London Theatre team at Arts Council England for seven years, with a particular focus on investments in musical theatre. During that time he managed 8 National Portfolio Organisations’ funding relationships, advising a wide range of independent theatre practitioners on their applications to Grants for the Arts, and advocating for increased funding support for the development of new British musicals. While born and raised in England, James spent his university years in New Zealand, gaining two Masters degrees – one in Art History & Theory, the other in Theatre Directing.
After graduating, James worked for the British Council, Playmarket – NZ’s playwrights agency and script development service, and, for four years, as Programme Manager at BATS Theatre – one of New Zealand’s leading venues for new writing and supporting emerging theatremakers.
Between the ages of 21 and 32 he directed over 30 theatre productions, including new writing, devised theatre, immersive site-specific productions, Shakespeare, Chekhov, Wilde and one new musical. He also produced over 20 theatre productions over that same time, as well as writing several plays and reviewing and marketing many more. James has been a dedicated follower of musical theatre since the age of seven when he discovered his mother’s LP record of ‘Annie’ (his uncle having been one of the producers of the original Broadway production), and a particular devotee to British musicals since purchasing cassette tapes of ‘Song & Dance’, ‘Cats’ and ‘Evita’ from the Woolworth’s store in High Wycombe in 1985.
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I have always wanted to work in musical theatre in some shape or form, so I find myself extremely fortunate to be working for MTN as it embarks on a new chapter in its history.
I for one have had a varied career. I went to drama school and wound up in Japan singing Barbara Streisand songs in Japanese (as you do!)! I was involved in various musicals (Guys and Dolls, Grease, Eyam,) but like many, had to find another path to pay the bills. I started working for Thistle Hotels, where I stayed for 10 years. I’m really proud of what I achieved there, working across a number of roles including Business Development Manager, Director of Sales, and VP of Sales Asia where I spent 9 months based in Shanghai. Working for MTN is completely different, very exciting and I feel really privileged to be part of the team. It’s a great feeling to say “I love my job” but I really do…