Erick Bickerdike Bio
Erick is currently the Executive Director of the Chester Playhouse, a position that he has held for over 12years. During this period he has worked closely with various theatre companies to present works on the stage as well as producing 4-5 productions per year. Some of these are part of the summer festival, but during the shoulder seasons there have been a series of Music Festivals as well as professional and amateur theatrical productions.
As the only full-time employee at the Playhouse, he is responsible for all aspects of the operation including hiring artistic and operational staff, negotiating contracts with visiting artists and actors, preparing all marketing and outreach programmes, developing fundraising activities, preparing all grant applications, liaising with corporate sponsors, members and donors, and working with a volunteer Board of Directors. Originally from Montreal, Erick has lived in Chester since 1990.