Cultural Entrepreneur

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Julien Boast is an accomplished theatre professional who began his career after completing his training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has a specialisation in new writing and has collaborated with renowned playwrights such as Michael Frayn, Claire Tomalin, Claire Luckham, and Larry Gelbart during his time at The Nuffield Theatre. Furthermore, he pioneered early co-production models with subsidised and commercial theatre producers, leading a successful one-million-pound lottery refurbishment of the theatre.

Julien's career progressed as he became Head of Production at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. There, he produced the Millennium Mysteries with the acclaimed Polish theatre company Teatr Biuoro Podrozy within the old Coventry Cathedral. He then became Managing Director of Victor Mara Ltd, where he established strong relationships with leading theatre manufacturing specialists who worked with prestigious venues such as the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, Harrods, and Hamleys, producing London's Regent Streets Lights.

In 2002, Julien joined The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) management team as Chief Executive of the Theatre Royal Brighton. While at ATG, he launched Theatre Royal Brighton Productions and repositioned the theatre to reach new and more diverse audiences. He also established the Associate Companies Scheme, partnering with Rambert Dance Company, the English Touring Theatre, and the Brighton Festival. Boast initiated a long-term collaborative partnership with award-winning songwriter and performer Carleen Anderson, James Brown’s Goddaughter.

Julien continued his successful career as Chief Executive of the Churchill Theatre Bromley, the regional producing arm of ATG, where he continued to make the theatres more profitable. He then left to join Hall For Cornwall as its first joint Chief Executive and Creative Director, where he introduced a vibrant programme of high-profile, large-scale musicals, plays, and dance. He also delivered a £26 m capital development plan to transform a Grade II listed building. Hall for Cornwall secured increased revenue funding as ACE National Portfolio Organisation 2015/16-17/18, led the acquisition and creation of a Talent Development Agency for the Southwest, and launched an Arts Development Department as a county-wide initiative for independent theatre companies.

Julien’s other achievements include launching Cornwall Playhouse Productions, Hall For Cornwall's production company, to produce Christmas shows to critical acclaim and box office records and securing funding to support people from different backgrounds to experience going to the theatre. Moreover, he has served as Chair of South East Dance and a Trustee of English Touring Theatre, Dance Touring Partnership, and Blast Theory. Julien was also Co-founder and Vice Chair of Brighton & Hove Arts Commission - a cultural and political arms-length advisory and delivery organisation that delivered the highest engagement with the arts of a population outside of the capital city of London. Additionally, he has served as a council member for Arts Council England, both for the South East and South West regions and was the first to set up apprenticeships in the technical areas of theatre for employees with disabilities for Arts Council England over twenty years ago.

Julien Boast has lived in Brighton and Cornwall with his husband, Andrew. His brother, Will Boast, is an author.

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