Jon Gilchrist has been Executive Director of the Bush Theatre since 2014, where he helped grow the Bush as an international champion for both new plays and diverse creative voices. During this time, the Bush was nominated for two Olivier Awards and transferred work nationally and internationally. Jon also led the successful £4.3m capital redevelopment of the Bush’s home in the old Shepherd’s Bush Library. The project was delivered on time and on budget, and has been nominated for several awards including an AJ Retrofit Award.
Prior to the Bush, Jon was Marketing Director at The Lowry – working on a diverse programme for one of the most visited cultural attractions in the North West. Before this he had worked in marketing for venues across the region, including Octagon Theatre Bolton, Dukes Lancaster and Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.
Jon is a board member of UK Theatre, HighTide Theatre, and vice-chair of the London Theatre Consortium.
Jon Gilchrist says “I’m so pleased to be returning to Manchester to join such a fantastic organisation. Over the past few years I’ve watched as HOME developed into one of the most dynamic arts venues in the country. It’s a real privilege to join Dave and the team at HOME at this exciting time for both the venue and the city of Manchester. I can’t wait to get started.”
Dave Moutrey, Chief Executive and Director, says: “We are delighted that Jon is joining HOME and bringing his considerable experience both to the organisation, as we move into the next chapter following our highly successful opening two years, and also back to the vibrant arts community we have in our great city.“