jacqui o'hanlon mbe

Director of Learning and National Partnerships, The Royal Shakespeare Company

"It’s fantastic to have this opportunity to talk with peers and colleagues about how and why the arts are important in young lives, and how provision and opportunity for young people in the arts in schools can best be developed."

Monday 4 July, 1000 

TRACK: Arts & Culture

"Why all schools should be arts rich'

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Jacqui is Director of Learning and National Partnerships at the RSC, leading its work with children, young people, teachers, adult learners and partner theatres across the UK and around the world.

 

Jacqui originally trained as an actor, working in regional theatres and at the National Theatre. She worked for many years as a drama practitioner in schools and communities prior to joining the RSC.

 

Jacqui was appointed Director of Learning in 2008. As a cultural learning specialist, Jacqui is passionate about giving everyone equal access to high quality creative arts opportunities and the power of arts-rich experiences in unlocking potential.

 

She is committed to actions that diversify the creative industries and empower people to discover new skills, using arts and creativity to affect social change. Jacqui has an interest in research, particularly finding accessible ways to share and disseminate it to inform real-world decision making.

 

Jacqui’s tenure as Chair of the Cultural Learning Alliance ended this year. She is a primary school governor. Jacqui was appointed as a Commissioner for the Durham Commission in Creativity in Education and received an MBE for services to the arts in the Queen’s 2022 New Year’s New Year’s Honours List.