Kathryn Bilyard

Executive Producer at Improbable

Tell us about yourself

I work in the arts and have founded ARTCRY because I believe the arts can connect us, teach us and inspire us to think bigger and more deeply about the world we live in and the people around us.

I am currently Executive Producer at Improbable, working in a brilliant team making theatre, running projects and holding spaces using improvisation.  Before joining Improbable I was Senior Producer at Fuel,  Creative Producer at Emergency Exit Arts, did events and project management at the Donmar Warehouse and Battersea Arts Centre and worked as a freelance stage manager in venues across the UK.

Why do you think it’s important to see artistic response to social and political events?

Recently our democratic system has been tested and twisted at the fastest pace I have witnessed. No matter where you sit along the many political lines, we are no doubt facing vital and complex questions about the way our democracy functions. At the moment news becomes old news within 24 hours and divisions are strong and sometimes feel unbreachable. I think artists have a vital part to play in questioning, challenging and marking these times. Personally, I always find my mind opens when I am faced with a creative response. Whether I agree or disagree it make me consider a question and pushes me to think more deeply. I especially love it when through this I can get a glimpse of a story far beyond my own experience which changes my perspective. I think we need this now.

The Steering Committee

The company directors and panel are involved on an individual capacity, not representing their organisations and on a voluntary basis.

If you are interested in joining the panel in future please email Kathryn Bilyard on kathryn@artcry.co.uk with some information about yourself and why you are interested.