Liz Pugh

Creative Producer, Walk the Plank / Enterprise and Industry Engagement Award Presenter

Liz has been creating memorable work in public space for many years, from civic celebrations to maritime festivals. Co-founder of Walk the Plank, Liz produced their theatre ship’s national touring programme for 15 years; and now leads teams working on festivals, parades, and site-specific performances, often involving bridges, docks, harbours and canals. As a director of large scale outdoor performances that have participation at their heart, she has been artistic director for Hull Freedom Festival (2013-15), Manchester Day (2010-19), Festival Number 6, created the opening for Pafos: EU Capital of Culture 2017, and Wales’ largest outdoor bilingual performance for Wales Millennium Centre (2015) – all diverse platforms which offer the chance for meaningful exchange between artists and new audiences.

As well as creating ambitious transnational events, Liz is an experienced trainer: since 2016, she has worked with British Council’s Cultural Skills team to lead Festival Management Training in West Africa, the Caribbean and Ukraine; co-designed two European training programmes: ‘School of Participation’ (2019-21), ‘School of Spectacle’ (2017-19); and designed training to build the capacity of artists and communities across Wales: Lloyds Bank Awen Schools, supported by Arts Council Wales.

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