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Jude Kelly    

Founder of WOW, Women of the World

Jude Kelly was the Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London (Europes largest arts Institution) for 12 years up to 2018 when she left to focus full time on the WOW Foundation. An award winning theatre and opera director Jude has been the recipient two Olivier awards, a BASCA Gold Badge Award winner for contribution to music, a Southbank Award for her opera work, Red Magazine’s 2014 Creative Woman of the Year, CBIs 2016 First Woman Award winner for Tourism and Leisure and in 2017 won the inaugural Veuve Clicquot Woman of the Year Social Purpose Award. Her recent TED talk currently has over 1.4 million views. She has founded a range of arts institutions including the international artists space METAL. In 1997, she was awarded an OBE for her services to theatre and in 2015 she was made a CBE for services to the arts.


Jude Kelly: The powerhouse behind Britain's biggest arts center ...

Though academically gifted, Jude Kelly is bored at school and overcome with a .... In 1997 she received the honor of Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her ...

Jude Kelly OBE | WOW – Women of the World 2014

Artists & Speakers Jude Kelly OBE was appointed artistic director of Southbank Centre, Britain’s largest cultural institution, in 2006. She founded both Solent People’s Theatre in 1976 and Battersea Arts Centre in 1980 and was the founding director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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