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ZooNation appoint Flo Buckeridge as new Co-Executive Director

Following a public wide recruitment process, ZooNation and the board of Trustees has appointed Flo Buckeridge as the new Co-Executive Director. Flo will be sharing the role of Executive Director with Chantal Spiteri.

Flo brings with her an abundance of experience working in theatre and the performing arts sector, including ten years at the National Theatre growing their digital output. During her time at the National Theatre she produced more than 80 National Theatre Live broadcasts and grew the cinema broadcasts to a hugely successful and profit generating business reaching an audience of 11 million worldwide. She launched the streaming platform NT at Home during the Covid 19 pandemic and oversaw the educational streaming service NT Collection which is used by the majority of UK state schools. Flo has also worked at Complicite, the Barbican Centre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Flo Buckeridge, incoming Executive Director of ZooNation says:
“ZooNation produces truly groundbreaking work and engages with audiences, future generations and artists in a really exciting way. I have admired the company for many years and so I’m delighted to be joining the brilliant team and co-leading the company in its next chapter”.

Estelle McCartney, board of Trustees (Chair) says:
“With a remarkable 14-year journey in theatre and the performing arts, Flo brings a wealth of experience and expertise to ZooNation. Her vision, experience, and dedication align perfectly with our mission to inspire the next generation of theatre makers and audiences. We are incredibly excited to welcome her as the Co-Executive Director of ZooNation. Together, under her dynamic leadership and in partnership with Chantal Spiteri we look forward to embarking on a new chapter of growth and artistic excellence”.
Flo succeeds current Co-Executive Director Sri Sarker who is standing down at the end of July following seven years of inspirational leadership. 

ZooNation Youth Company – New AD and auditions announced

It all starts here… Introducing the new Artistic Director of ZooNation Youth Company 2023-24 Chaldon Williams.
Chaldon was a participant of ZooNation and identity.ideas.industry  The Artists in 2022, and since then worked on the Olivier Award winning TRAPLORD.
We are hugely excited about Chaldon’s vision for the new ZooNation Company and are now opening auditions to meet young people aged between 10-20 to join the programme.

​- Are you a dancer aged between 10-20 years with advanced skills in Locking, Popping, House and Breaking?
​- Do you have the desire to work hard and take that vital step forward into the dance profession?
​​- Do you want to train with leading Hip Hop artists and gain high profile performance opportunities?

Key Dates: 
​+  Register now for a free audition
​+ Register before Thursday 17th August
​+  Auditions to be held on Saturday 2nd September (London)

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ZooNation Co-Executive Director Sri Sarker to step down after seven years

Joining ZooNation in 2016, Sri has been the driving force behind ZooNation’s growth, success and longevity. Most significantly in 2018 Sri’s inspirational leadership established ZooNation as a charity and a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). Since then, ZooNation has engaged with more artists, audiences and young people than ever, and has secured NPO funding for the third round under her unwavering dedication and direction.

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Choreo Culture – New training retreat with ZooNation’s Associate Artistic Director Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe

Elevate your choreographic flow with ZooNation’s Associate Artistic Director Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe 

Retreat dates: Fri 21st – Mon 24th April 2023
Application deadline: Mon 27th March
Location: Puylagarde, South West France

Choreo Culture is a new subsidised training retreat giving visionary dance artists the opportunity to develop their choreographic practice. Across three days, you will be given unique coaching, guidance and space to discover and realise your ideas and full potential by leading life coach and movement director Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe.

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Sylvia nominated for three Olivier Awards

ZooNation is absolutely thrilled to share the news that our latest production of Sylvia has been nominated for three Olivier Awards. The nominations, announced on Tuesday 28th February include:

Best New Musical – Sylvia at The Old Vic
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Beverley Knight, Sylvia at The Old Vic – WINNER
Best Theatre Choreography – Kate Prince, Sylvia at The Old Vic
We’d like to say a massive congratulations to the whole cast, company and crew of Sylvia. Our gratitude also goes out to our co-producers at The Old Vic Theatre and Sadlers Wells who have championed the show for over five years.

We’d also like to congratulate fellow nominees Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe (Hey Duggee), Ben Stones (Standing at the Sky’s Edge), Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus (Traplord) and Natasha Chivers (Prima Facie) on their nominations – all of whom are part of the ZooNation artistic family.

+ Read the full list of nominations

+ Hosted by Hannah Waddingham, The Olivier Awards 2023 and will take place on Sunday 2 April at the Royal Albert Hall

+ Sylvia is now playing at The Old Vic until 8th April 

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