In the first of a series of blogs where we profile some of the many talented members of staff we have here at the Centre, we delve deeper into the creative world of Jenny Sturt, our Assistant Producer.
Jenny works as part of a small core team to produce and programme the many shows and festivals we have here at the Centre.
My proudest achievement is….Can I have a few? Representing the Centre in India on a trip with the British Council is definitely one. Then there was WOW Festival 2016. Then there was the first time I saw work I had programmed in our season brochure and on the digital screens. Then there was the Welsh Three Peaks challenge we did to raise money for the Centre- I have so many, I could go on!
I love the Centre, because…it’s been a key part of my career so far and I feel really lucky to have grown and developed through a number of roles here. The team are amazing- and the work we do makes me really, really proud.
If not in Cardiff, I would live in….Manchester….there is so much exciting work happening there- I’ve got my eye on it as my next step! That or Australia, my best friend is out there at the moment and I really miss her- copious photos of gorgeous beaches are making me jealous too!
The person who inspired me to work in the arts is…probably my parents. They knew I loved performing and they never really doubted that I’d be able to have a good crack at making a career of it. Them and a guy called Fabio Santos who I worked with in London, he gave me my first paid project management job whilst I was studying and I realised then how much I loved this side of it.
The one piece of advice I’d give to people who want to work in the arts is….be nice to people. Being nice and open goes a long way and people always remember how you made them feel. Always be genuine and go for it. Hard work and positivity pays off.
If I could go back in time for one decade, it would be…to the sixties. That dancing and those dresses- yes please!
As a teenager I was totally into….Fall Out Boy and Blue Banana- yep!
The last song I listened to was…On Hold- The XX
The last book I read was…Fearne Cotton- Happy
The fictional character I’d be friends with in real life is…Bridget Jones?! Read into that what you will.
The best live performance I have seen is…Trainspotting at the Edinburgh Fringe, I’ve seen it twice now and it remains one of the best live experiences I’ve ever had- totally immersive and frightening but absolutely amazing.
My cocktail of choice is…anything with Gin and Elderflower.
I’m currently binge watching…Louis Theroux documentaries on Netflix.