Press Release – Appointment
The Jersey Opera House is delighted to announce that Andy Eagle will be joining as Interim Director from May onwards.
Andy has wide experience of the UK arts sector having worked in the not for profit charitable, local government and commercial environments. His last role was as CEO of Chapter in Cardiff where he spent eleven years. Recently he has been working on freelance projects including advising the capital redevelopments of Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff and the Ucheldre Centre on Anglesey. He was a board member for Arts Council Wales until November 2022 where he chaired the Lottery Capital Committee and previously, he undertook a period of secondment working for the British Council in Belgrade, Serbia.
Andy said: “I am truly delighted to be offered this role and look forward to working with the Jersey Opera House staff team, board, government, stakeholders and getting to know Jersey’s community. Jersey Opera House is a gem of a building, and I am confident we can support a high-quality renovation and curate an accessible, dynamic program for it and its audiences. The future is exciting! As a young child I visited Jersey for my summer family holidays. Though now somewhat older, it retains a special place in my heart.”
Dave Chalk, Interim Chair said: “We cannot wait for Andy to join the Opera House, and his experience with Chapter Cardiff and the Arts Council of Wales will help us in our goal to re-open the theatre as the creative and cultural hub for Jersey. We have a number of exciting plans which we are working with the Government on, to provide a theatre and programme the island can be proud of.”
Deputy Kirsten Morel, Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture said – “I’m really pleased with this appointment, which marks a vital step forward towards the reopening of the Jersey Opera House. The renovation project is underway, and I look forward to supporting Andy and the team as they work to curate an exciting external programme for Islanders to enjoy.”