Spotlight on Katrina Henderson
Q&A with Katrina Henderson (Engagement Producer, Live Theatre Winchester Trust)
What do you enjoy most about working in Winchester, in particular at Live Theatre Winchester Trust?
Winchester is a beautiful city to work in and I like working for Live Theatre Winchester Trust because it puts community engagement at its heart.
I feel it’s important to nurture talent and that everyone, regardless of background, should have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts. I’m really excited to be part of the team and make that happen.
How did you get to where you are today and what training was involved?
I have a real passion for the arts and after studying photography at university I started running my own Community Arts Project, where I held exhibitions, workshops and events. I also became a freelance photographer and artist, working with clay and textiles.
Then in 2011, my love of live performance brought me to the world of theatre and I started working as a casual Front of House assistant at the Kings Theatre in Southsea.
Three years ago they approached me to help develop their Learning and Community Engagement programme, which I had previous experience in – having worked with schools and the wider community at two museums; and now all that experience assists me in my job as Engagement Producer at Theatre Royal Winchester, which I am really enjoying.
What does your typical working week involve?
My week mainly involves meeting up with artists, school teachers, practitioners and university students, who want to be involved with the theatre and Hat Fair.
I go to events in the city to meet people from other organisations that want to work with us, too.
I’m always working on lots of different projects at once so managing my time and being organised is key. But the nature of my job, working in engagement with schools and the community, means that my hours vary from week to week, it’s not your normal 9 to 5.
No two days are the same but that’s what makes my job exciting.
Part of your role involves the engagement planning and implementing for Hat Fair, what are you most excited about for this year’s Hat Fair festival?
This is my first Hat Fair Festival and I’m really excited about it.
In particular, working in partnership with The New Carnival Company on the Hat Fair Carnival, that will open the festival on Friday 5 July.
The New Carnival Company is an organisation, which specialises in carnival and outdoor public celebrations. They have years of experience and knowledge and I’m excited to be working with them.
I’m also looking forward to seeing the new performance pieces being made and developed by University of Winchester students.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part is working with people of all ages, and engaging them in activities that they wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to do. Also mentoring and coaching the theatre’s student placements and interns.