BBC Performing Arts Fellow Joins Yorkshire Dance & West Yorkshire Playhouse

by antonydunn on December 8, 2014

Melanie PurdieThanks to funding from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, Yorkshire Dance and West Yorkshire Playhouse are delighted to announce the appointment of Melanie Purdie as their new, shared, Trainee Creative Producer.

The BBC Performing Arts Fund is supporting the next generation of performing arts talent across the UK by awarding Fellowships to 32 individuals.

From a circus performer and lighting designer to choreographers, producers and writers, the fellows are as varied in their disciplines as they are in their geographic base, with two-thirds making work outside of the capital.

Melanie will work with Yorkshire Dance and West Yorkshire Playhouse from January to October 2015.

She’ll start her placement at West Yorkshire Playhouse, working on the Transform Festival, then assisting with the production of scratch nights and artists’ residencies.

At Yorkshire Dance, Melanie will work on the artist development programme, Sketch, helping to produce a mini-festival focusing on dramaturgy and contemporary dance performance. She’ll also work with the Creative Producer and Programmes Manager to produce a number of Friday Firsts performances, taking the lead on Bish Bash Bosh, Yorkshire Dance’s major contribution to the annual city-wide festival, Light Night Leeds.

Melanie will be ultimately be given the opportunity to design and initiate a cross-over project between Yorkshire Dance and West Yorkshire Playhouse, combining dance and theatre.

Melanie says of the Fellowship, “When I found out I received the Fellowship I initially couldn’t believe it. I have been working within the arts for almost six years now and I have constantly been looking for new, exciting and challenging roles and when I heard I received this Fellowship it felt like, finally, everything is now starting to fall into place. I’m incredibly excited to work with the teams at Yorkshire Dance and West Yorkshire Playhouse as a creative producer and I can’t wait to get started. This is only the beginning!”

This joint Fellowship is the latest in a series of appointments at both Yorkshire Dance and West Yorkshire Playhouse which demonstrate the organisations’ commitment to workforce development, training and equipping promising young talents to be outstanding arts professionals.


The BBC Performing Arts Fund is a charity committed to developing new performing arts talent from across the UK. Since its inception in 2003 the Fund has awarded over £4m to aspiring musicians and talented performing arts individuals and community groups. To learn more about what the Fund does and how to apply please visit the website

BBC Performing Arts Fund

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