Catching up with one of our newest trustees, bilingual theatremaker Steffan Donnelly.
Steffan is a bilingual theatre-maker, writer, and actor from north Wales. He is Artistic Director of Invertigo Theatre Company, and a member of the Wales Freelance Taskforce, Freelancers Make Theatre Work and the Creative Council of Shakespeare’s Globe. He is also a trustee of Cyswllt Celf / Arts Connection and an Arts Associate of Arts Council Wales.
- What inspired you to become a trustee?
I want to bring a freelance actor and theatre-maker’s perspective to governance, to help shape processes and projects. In my work on the Wales Freelance Taskforce, I argued for more freelancers on boards, so I thought I should probably match my actions to my words!
- What excites you most about working with NTW?
The range and scale of NTW’s work, and exploring how a wide variety of people from all over Wales can engage with and influence it. I’m also looking forward to getting to know the team and supporting their plans!
- What difference do you hope to make at NTW?
I believe culture can play a big part in our recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, and I’m passionate about the potential of creative projects to spark discussions and empower people. The pandemic hit freelancers hard, and exposed urgent questions about how the theatre sector in Wales is organised, especially around equality and accessibility. I hope to prioritise these issues as well as supporting the team to develop ways of serving communities across Wales.
- What should we know about you?
I’m an actor / director / writer from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and I believe in the potential of theatre in Wales and the amazing creative and technical talent that is here. I’d like theatre to have meaning for everyone in Wales, as escapism or exploration of different ideas.
- What is your most memorable theatrical experience?
Going on too early in an amdram performance of ‘We Will Rock You’ at Theatr Gwynedd (where Pontio now stands) – and mortifyingly cutting across someone else’s scene. Came full circle many years later when I got a small part in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and this time it was my scene that got cut.
- Where is your favourite place in Wales and why?
Ynys Llanddwyn. For the swimming, epic landscapes, and the long ice cream queue.