We are happy to announce the appointment of Ryan Harston and Nathan Geering as the new joint Artistic Directors of Theatre Deli from the 14th June 2021.

Sharing the role, Nathan and Ryan will continue to actively work outside Theatre Deli on their other projects, cultivating opportunities and ideas to further the charity and its goals.

About Ryan

Ryan David Harston is a South Yorkshire born and bred artist, and the Artistic Director of URBANconceptz a theatre and film collective. Ryan uses his creative vision and background in theatrical and digital performance to curate work internationally across multiple disciplines, and mediums, and has produced artistic productions, product launches and creative installations for companies such as Apple, Nissan Motorsports, Google and Samsung.

When creating work Ryan pulls from his influences and inspirations as a working-class, streetwise individual and injects emotion, experience and equality into his work, reaching audiences in a raw, gritty and energetic way. With a professional creative career spanning 20 years Ryan has become a multi award winning artist and creative, and has worked with organisations including the National Theatre, Barbican Theatre, SKY Arts and the British Council as well as being a long-standing associate artist with CAST theatre in Doncaster. Ryan’s work has been featured on SKY One, ITV, and BBC and he has recently entered into a brand-new partnership deal with REMEDY Incorporated and YouTube.

Regarding the appointment Ryan says:

 “I’m really excited to join Theatre Deli as joint Artistic Director, and I can’t wait to bring my artistic energy, honesty and enthusiasm to the role. This is an amazing opportunity for myself and Nathan and I hope that my presence at Theatre Deli will be fruitful and positive. It’s up to us now to utilise this opportunity and bring our A-game to the table to invest positively in the arts, artists, and communities as the new co-Artistic Directors of Theatre Deli… watch this space.”

About Nathan

Nathan Geering specialises in accessibility innovation and strives to make work that widens accessibility for both disabled and non-disabled artists and audiences. He was the Artistic Director of the 2017 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony which saw him bring together over 200 disabled and non-disabled artists to perform in front of a live audience of 16,000 people. His passion for innovating cutting edge technologies and accessibility within dance, theatre, music production and art has lead him to develop the multi-award winning Rationale Method of Audio Description that uses the skills of beatboxers and poets to provide a richer soundscape for people with visual impairment.

Recent years have seen Nathan become a TEDx speaker, published author and multi-award winning film maker. He has featured on BBC television and worked with the likes of the National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, Wayne McGregor, British Council and the Singapore Repertory Theatre. Nathan is also an appointed commissioner of the Sheffield Race Equality Commission and champions racial equality and diversity within the arts and beyond. He continues to implement his work both nationally and internationally and strives to provide opportunities that make the arts accessible for all.

Nathan says:

“For the first time Theatre Deli has black artistic and creative leadership and its programming will reflect the cultural diversity of each city that our venues reside in. This appointment marks a new and exciting era for the organisation and I am really looking forward to cultivating excellence within our communities and setting new standards in accessible theatre.”