Supporting Careers in the Performing Arts: Towards More Equality
with Katie Mitchell, Émilie Delorme and Estelle Lowry
Barriers to equal opportunities can appear at any stage in an artistic career. This issue is the subject up for debate by Katie Mitchell, theatre director and mentor at the Festival d'Aix Académie’s Women Opera Makers Workshop, Émilie Delorme, director of the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP), and Estelle Lowry, director of Musique Nouvelle en Liberté. Particular attention is paid to the role played by cultural institutions offering artistic training, and the important role of mentor artists.
Emilie Delorme is Director of the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP). She began her professional career with IMG Artists before joining the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in 2000 as a Production Manager. In 2003, she began working in the area of artistic planning for the Royal Theatre of La Monnaie in Brussels, before returning to the Festival d'Aix in 2009 to head the Académie and play a role in the creation of enoa (European Network of Opera Academies), which she led from 2011 onwards. In 2010, she played a role in creating the Medinea Network (MEDiterranean INcubator of Emerging Artists), and in 2014, she became head of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, and of Aix en Juin. During this time, she led many cultural mediation projects. Since 2001, Emilie Delorme has played an active role in the organization of the Festival de Salon-de-Provence and has headed this Festival since 2013. She is secretary general of GMEM Centre National de Création Musicale in Marseille since 2012.
Katie Mitchell founded her company Classics on a Shoestring in the late 1980’s at the London Fringe Festival. She has been a resident associate stage director at the Royal Shakespeare Company since 1994 and won the Evening Standard in 1996. Today, Katie Mitchelle is one of the most sought after directors for theatre and opera and has worked at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, the Schaubühne in Berlin, the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, Hampstead Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, the Salzburg Festival, the Burgtheater in Vienna, Piccolo Teatro in Milan, the Royal Theatre in Stockholm, the Theatre in Cologne, The Royal Danish Theatre, the Toneelgroep in Amsterdam, the Stadschouwburg in Amsterdam, the Festival d’Avignon, Theater Treffen, Covent Garden in London, the National Opera in Paris, the English National Opera, the Staatsoper in Berlin, the Dutch National Opera and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. In 2009, she was promoted to Officer of the Order of the British Empire. During the 2016-2017 academic year, she was a guest professor for an opera laboratory at the University of Oxford.
Estelle Lowry is the director of Musique Nouvelle en Liberté. She began her career as production and booking manager for Le Concert de l’Hostel-Dieu in Lyon; she then moved on to the Orchestre de Picardie followed by the Maison de la Culture, both in Amiens. She joined Musique Nouvelle en Liberté in 2009. In 2013, she helped relaunch the Grand Prix Lycéen des Compositeurs.
Deputy Director of the Académie and concerts for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence