Celine Learns A New Role

21 May 2015

An arts professional, whose career has spanned organisations countywide, is now at the helm of The Dukes Centre for Creative Learning in Lancaster.

From discovering a love of theatre while growing up in Morecambe to persuading the RSC to work with youngsters in Blackpool, life’s been a stage for new Creative Learning Director, Celine Wyatt.

Celine has fond memories of her childhood in Morecambe where she attended West End Primary and Heysham High Schools.

“I saw a lot of shows at the Winter Gardens and was really attracted by the atmosphere of the theatre and the amazing spectacle,” said Celine.

“I also remember family visits to Williamson Park in Lancaster so I’m now looking forward to working with The Dukes on their walkabout shows there as well as working with schools and communities across Morecambe, Lancaster and the county.”

Celine’s particular interest in dance was encouraged at Heysham High before the family moved to Preston and she joined the college’s drama society.

After graduating from Hull University, Celine set up Splash theatre company for children and was around at the time John Godber premiered his early plays and founded Hull Truck theatre.

Since then, Celine has established several theatre companies for groups including older people and those with learning difficulties.

She was also involved in the early days of showing how the arts can improve wellbeing and mental health.

Her career has seen her work at UCLAN arts centre, Preston College, Lancashire County Council and South Ribble Borough Council too where she developed Worden Arts Centre.

Latterly, Celine has worked in Blackpool, firstly as the council’s cultural development officer before two separate spells at the town’s Grand Theatre. There she set up the education department, helped establish their contemporary dance programme and started a successful relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Her latest challenge sees Celine run The Dukes Centre for Creative Learning(CCL) in Moor Lane just yards away from the main theatre.
CCL works in partnership with Lancashire County Council Young People’s Service to deliver a vast range of creative participatory opportunities in theatre, film, music and mixed media for thousands of people from across Lancashire.


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