Stephen Mear named first president of Bird College

Bird College president Stephen Mear with patron Lara Pulver at the opening of the school’s new campus

Choreographer Stephen Mear has been named first president of performing arts school Bird College.

In the role, Mear will advocate for the college and the “wider dance and musical theatre sector”, working alongside patrons including Christopher Biggins and Lara Pulver.

Mear has been named president as the college unveiled a new campus, which includes 12 dance studios, four acting studios, a theatre with dressing rooms and a well-being block.

Mear said: “I am so delighted to become the president of Bird College. It is an organisation that I admire greatly, and I know how committed the team is to providing world-class vocational training. I continually work with many of its graduates and I am always impressed by their professionalism, excellent technique and artistry. I am excited to be an advocate for this great college.”

Principal Shirley Coen and the college’s deputy principal and artistic director Luis de Abreu described Mear as “an internationally renowned, award-winning director and choreographer”.

“We are so delighted that he has agreed to be the president of Bird College. He has a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in dance and musical theatre as a performer, director and choreographer,” they said.

The college’s new campus in Kent was officially opened on October 14. It marks the first time the college has been able to operate from one site.

Matthew Hemley

Matt is news editor for The Stage, having started as the newspaper’s broadcast reporter. He covers all areas of the industry in his role, but has a particular interest in musical theatre. Matt studied acting at Bretton Hall and presents a monthly theatre news round up on BBC London Radio.

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