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Sterts Theatre appoints centre director ahead of 2022 season

Sterts Arts & Environmental Centre at Upton Cross, near Liskeard, is thrilled to announce that Kate Rogers is joining the team as centre director in the New Year.


The trustees at the unique canopy covered theatre began the search for a suitable candidate in September as Peter Woodward, who has been centre director for the past 12 years, is due to retire from the role at the end of the year.

Kate currently runs her own business supporting youth through arts and has recently been working for the Real Ideas Organisation. She has a passion for the arts and education, making her a great fit for Sterts.


Sterts Theatre and Arts Centre is not only home to theatre and singing groups for all ages but has been developing a Community Hub with activities for the rural community. It has so far played host to ballet, a parent and child group, yoga classes and art & craft workshops.

The smooth running of the centre is dependent on a core group of volunteers who, in April 2020, received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.


Ali Fenn, Chair of the Trustees, said: “Having Kate join the ‘Sterts family’ is an exciting result and she will play an important role in helping to shape the future of the charity as we continue to deliver the vision of making the arts accessible to all. Finding a centre director to fill Peter’s shoes was never going to be an easy task but we’re thrilled to have found Kate who has passion and energy for the arts and already works with young people in our community.”


Kate Rogers, incoming centre director, added: “I was introduced to this remarkable canopied theatre when I was 14 years old and my passion for the creative arts was awakened. Since then, I have witnessed the powerful impact the arts can have for everyone; from delighting audience members to inspiring children, providing a platform for artists and a community for vulnerable. It is vital, then, for Sterts to deliver a creative programme that is truly accessible to all. I am thrilled and privileged to have the opportunity to work with the volunteers, members and trustees to bring a new energy to Sterts and bring my vision to life.”


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