Kenneth Tharp will be taking his place on the Success Talks stage to share his journey so far.
As Chief Executive of The Place since 2007, Kenneth Tharp has responsibility for overall leadership, strategy and management of the organisation, as well as lead responsibility for relationships with key funders, including Arts Council England. He also acts as the public face of the organisation, as a spokesperson and ambassador for The Place’s work. He is often invited as to present as a keynote speaker in a variety of contexts from schools to leadership courses and industry related events.
Kenneth trained at The Place’s London Contemporary Dance School. His 25-year performing career included London Contemporary Dance Theatre (1981-1994) Arc Dance Company (1994-2005) and Nigel Charnock Company. He has worked extensively as a choreographer, teacher and director, including at The Royal Ballet School and National Youth Dance Company. He was Dancer in Residence at Queens’ College Cambridge from 1998-2006 and was Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln (2009-2012). He was co-director of Artyfartyarts, a multi-disciplinary arts group and has choreographed over 45 dances. He served on the Board of the Royal Opera House from 2002–2010.
He is a Patron of Akademi and sits on the Cultural Learning Alliance Steering Group and on the Advisory Council of the Creative Industries Federation. He was a finalist in the inaugural Black British Business Awards (2014), is named in six successive Powerlists of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage, and appears in Who’s Who. In 2003 he was made an OBE in recognition of his services to dance.
Kenneth was the BBC Young Dancer 2015 Category Finalist Judge across all categories in the inaugural year of the competition. In July 2015 Kenneth taught for the twelfth successive year on the Royal Ballet Summer School at White Lodge (Lower School), Richmond.
Speaker: Kenneth Tharp