Newport Live, the charity that delivers theatre, arts, sports, leisure community and cultural services across the City of Newport has appointed Gemma Durham as the new Head of Theatre, Arts and Culture.

This important role will be responsible for leading the arts programme for The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre as well as a wider cultural offer across Newport and the surrounding area.

The Riverfront, which is part of Newport Live, is already well-known for staging a programme of high-quality performances, screenings and workshops throughout the year and works to support the professional development of artists living and working in Wales. The organisation’s Arts Development team provides creative opportunities for people of all ages co-ordinating many different arts projects, events, activities and workshops across the city and beyond. The Riverfront is well-known for presenting their annual pantomime, Big Splash festival and International Women’s Day celebration, alongside a world-class technical and operations team.

Gemma, who takes up the role from January 2022, is currently the Marketing Manager for Newport Live which includes marketing for the charity’s arts and cultural activities. She has a wealth of experience in the sector having previously held roles at National Dance Company Wales, Theatr Harlech and Aberystwyth Arts Centre as well as having been a board member for Ty Cerdd, an organisation promoting and celebrating the music of Wales.

Andrea Ovey, Director of Business Development at Newport Live said “The Riverfront is a wonderful theatre and arts centre that strives to inspire people to be happier and healthier by connecting our audiences, communities, freelancers and partners with the arts. I am delighted to have been able to appoint Gemma to this role; Gemma has a wealth of experience and an unwavering commitment, I am excited to see the future for us all as Gemma takes up her new post leading the Riverfront forward.”

Gemma Durham said “I am thrilled to be taking on this fantastic role at Newport Live and working with the superb team at The Riverfront. They work incredibly hard to provide opportunities for people across the city to get creative and enjoy the arts and I look forward to the role I can play in working with them to develop our artistic and cultural activity across the city of Newport.”

To find out more about The Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre visit  or follow The Riverfront on social media at @TheRiverfront on Facebook or @RiverfrontArts on Twitter and Instagram.

Newport Live is a non-profit distribution organisation and charity which delivers fun, inclusive and accessible arts and sports programmes in our community for children, families, schools, sports clubs and local groups across the city. You can find out more about how you can support The Riverfront and Newport Live here: