Emma Stenning

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Emma Stenning
Occupation Theatre producer

Emma Stenning (born 1975, Surrey) is a British arts professional based in Bristol, where she is currently Chief Executive of Bristol Old Vic.


Stenning was previously Head of Producing for the 2009 Manchester International Festival, where she delivered a number of world premieres including Rufus Wainwright's opera Prima Donna and the London transfer of Damon Albarn's Monkey.

Her past roles include Head of Theatre at Arts Council England, London; and Cultural Programme Advisor at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, where she was responsible for the initial feasibility planning for the stadium ceremonies.

From 2002 to 2005 she was Executive Director of BAC, in partnership with Tom Morris as Artistic Director. She has worked with Complicite, Oxford Stage Company and the RSC, producing theatre on the London fringe, in the West End, and on national and international tour.

Since 2009, she and Artistic Director Tom Morris have led Bristol Old Vic. Together they have delivered the long awaited refurbishment of the Georgian theatre. They are currently in the process of redeveloping the front of house spaces and studio theatre, whilst also working to revitalise the organisation's creative life and public profile, locally, nationally and internationally.

Stenning is Deputy Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe, Chair of the Bike Shed Theatre and a trustee of Headlong and Cheek by Jowl. She was a Clore Fellow, winner of the Clore Prize and voted by the Cultural Leadership Programme as a Woman to Watch.