A new chapter for Streetwise Opera

Streetwise Opera, the award-winning performing arts charity for people affected by homelessness, has announced today that Susie Gorgeous and Bridget Rennie have decided to step down from their roles as Co-Executive Directors. They will leave Streetwise Opera in the summer.

Susie joined the charity in 2007 as General Manager and Bridget was appointed as Head of Development in 2011. Both were promoted to Co-Executive Directors in 2016 and have successfully led the charity through periods of significant change over the past five years.

Under their stewardship, Streetwise Opera has developed its programmes of singing and creative workshops in homeless centres and arts venues across the UK, built participant numbers, and cemented its reputation on the national stage as a critically-acclaimed opera company and one of the country’s leading arts charities for social change. The charity’s response to the global pandemic has been both swift and impressive; only a week’s worth of workshops were missed as it transitioned from in-person to online projects. It has continued to attract world-class artists to its productions, most recently in autumn 2020 with its performance of Schubert’s The Linden Tree featuring Roderick Williams (baritone), Christopher Glynn (piano), Genesis Sixteen, Brodsky Quartet and Streetwise Opera performers.

A single Chief Executive will now be recruited to lead the organisation.

Cathy Graham OBE, Chair of the Board of Trustees, paid tribute,

“Susie and Bridget have both made an outstanding contribution to the charity. They leave with the Board’s heartfelt thanks and best wishes as they embark on a new stage in their working lives. Streetwise Opera is also beginning an exciting new chapter and as we approach our twentieth anniversary, we know we can build on their work and make a real difference to the lives of people who have been affected by homelessness.”

Susie Gorgeous said,

“I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of building Streetwise Opera from a small organisation to where we are today. However, I am now looking forward to moving onto new adventures. I wish the charity well in delivering the new strategic plan which I developed with our Artistic Director Hannah Conway. It’s been wonderful working with so many inspiring participants, artists, support workers, partners and the brilliant team at Streetwise Opera.”

Bridget Rennie added,

“After a decade working with Streetwise Opera, I have decided the time is right to seek new challenges and opportunities. I thank the Board for the chance to co-lead this brilliant charity and for their good wishes. In turn I would like to thank Streetwise Opera’s staff, artists and most of all performers for the countless moments of inspiration and joy I have been part of over the last ten years. I wish you all well for this exciting new chapter.”

For press inquiries, please contact Rey Trombetta at rt@streetwiseopera.org.

If you are a Streetwise Opera performer and you have any questions or wish to discuss this announcement, please get in touch with your regional Support Worker.

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