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From The Spark to the RSC!

The Spark’s Creative Producer for Learning will take up a new role as Learning Partnerships Manager at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

It is with enormous pride that The Spark Arts for Children celebrate that our current Creative Producer: Learning will take up a new role as Learning Partnerships Manager at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

After a tremendous 8 years’ service at The Spark Arts for Children, Gemma Bhagalia will depart The Spark at the end of December to embark on an exciting next stage of her career. Working at one of the UK’s largest and internationally renowned theatres- the RSC. During her time at The Spark Gemma has pioneered the organisation’s approach to embedding our year-round learning offer for schools, whilst at the same time steering our work with by and for children across Leicester and the Midlands through our library touring programme Among Ideal Friends.

During her time, Gemma has created the Creativity Councils with a number of our partner schools, managed and led The City Classroom (Leicester’s Cultural Education Partnership) and pioneered the organisation’s approach to child voice work through our hugely successful Takeover programmes at our annual festivals.

Working at the Spark has taught me so much and made this role the best in the world! Thank you to everyone who has supported the learning work at Spark and enabled it to become what it is today, I can't wait to see what happens next!

Gemma Bhagalia

We are delighted that Gemma will be joining the Learning and National Partnerships Department. Her skills and creativity will add so much to our work with International partners and UK Universities, and we are all looking forward to her being part of the team.

Fiona IngramHead of Learning, RSC

Gemma will be missed greatly by the Spark team, our partners and stakeholders across Leicester and the Midlands. The pleasure of working with and her legacy goes far beyond the work she has set up at Spark. It lives on in the many many children that have engaged in projects produced by her during her eight years at the organisation. I'm so excited for her and this next chapter.

Christopher GorryArtistic Director, The Spark Arts for Childre