Leigh Johnstone, artistic director

 5 October 2012

As artistic director of Fluid Motion Theatre Company, Leigh Johnstone makes sure the theatre the company creates reflects its aims.

"Network with as many people as you can. It's a great way to advertise yourself."


I'm from Maidstone in Kent.

What job do you do?

I'm artistic director at Fluid Motion Theatre Company.

What previous jobs in theatre have you done?

I first became interested in working in theatre after attending some drama workshops. 

I auditioned to act with the National Youth Theatre, got in, and then made sure I applied for anything else that came up.

"Network with as many people as you can. It's a great way to advertise yourself."

After that I was a youth director with Outside Edge Theatre Company, and eventually assistant director with the National Youth Theatre. 

I've also worked as an associate artist with Blue Apple Theatre Company and a creative producer on Dromos Arts Festival.

What qualifications do you have?

I have a degree in drama studies from the University of Winchester.

What do you do all day?

I run the day to day operations of Fluid Motion Theatre. I'm responsible for its overall artistic output.

I plan and develop new projects for the company, working with our partners, staff and volunteers to ensure they reflect the company's aims.

I also do freelance work as a workshop leader and writer.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I love seeing creativity develop into something amazing, and seeing my vision come alive.

And the worst thing about the job?

Filling in grant application forms.

How do I get into theatre?

Take every opportunity that comes your way. If something seems out of your reach, go for it anyway – you might surprise yourself.

Network with as many people as you can. It's a great way to advertise yourself and get yourself known.

Most importantly, take risks.

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