Since its formation in 1994 this charity has initiated and delivered a huge number of artistic projects that have excited and entertained audiences. At the same time as delivering projects new audiences have been developed, particularly for children and their families.
Working with its main partner Komedia Ltd and other partners over the years, this period of continuous delivery during a difficult funding environment is a tribute to the high value and return that is provided by KPL for any resources it receives.
The Charity’s primary activity is to fund and promote non-commercial artistic activities at Komedia Brighton throughout the year and at other venues where the objectives can be delivered subject to specific funding or partnership working.
The board is committed to the provision of the arts for current and future audiences at prices affordable to those who might not otherwise engage with the arts. This covers the full spectrum of performance art from music, theatre, workshops, comedy and education.
KPL has built on existing partnerships and has shown how beneficial and effective these can be.
KPL has demonstrated the benefits of working in a successful partnership with school’s (including Carlton Hill, Fairlight Primary, Coombe Primary, Glebe Primary, Goldstone Primary), artists, local organisations including Amaze, unemployment centre, Little Green Pig, Early Years Project. We aim to continue these partnerships within the community as well as forging new ones.
Komedia Productions is managed by a board of trustees who are all volunteers and share a commitment to developing arts opportunities for the benefit of the community.
Komedia’s Trustees are:
Ian Lowrie who chairs the board. He has been a trustee of Komedia since its formation. In his working life he was the chief executive of two local authorities in West Sussex. He has lived in Brighton since attending the University of Sussex 1971-74 and is passionate about the vibrancy of Brighton and the important contribution to this that Komedia makes.
Liz Hall has been a trustee of Komedia from its early years. Liz is the Director of the award winning disability arts charity Carousel. Since joining Carousel, the organisation has developed a national and international reputation for its high quality and innovative work. Liz is also a trustee for Speak Out, a learning disability advocacy service in the city.
Del Loewenthal, since arriving as a University of Sussex student in 1969, lives in Brighton when he can. He is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapy, Roehampton University, and chair of http://www.safpac.co.uk’s existential-analytic psychotherapy training. He has published extensively in the Psychological Therapies, Management and Education fields. He is also a practising psychotherapist, chartered counselling psychologist and phototherapist. Del has been a trustee of Komedia almost from its inception.
Phil Redding has a background in finance. He is an executive director for a London based firm advising UK pension schemes. The advice has an emphasis on risk management. He is also an adviser to an asset management firm helping them formulate their strategy and messaging. With a family steeped in music and the arts, Phil joined Komedia Productions as a trustee early in 2020.
John Hampson was for many years Senior Strategy Officer in the Literature Department at Arts Council England. From 2010-18, he was Head of Arts for a local authority in London. He then spent a year in Calabria, southern Italy, working as a volunteer on a refugee resettlement programme.
Komedia Productions works with freelance professionals to manage all our projects and activities.