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Susan Burnell

Marketing & Communications Officer

Biography

My job is to tell the story about what we do to both new and existing audiences using every communications channel possible.

Because our work is outdoors everyone expects to catch us on the move, either at one of our productions or via social media.

I have such a wide range of activities that it’s almost impossible to explain in a few sentences, but a typical day might include working on a new proposal on the other side of the world to writing out latest newsletter, or creating content for our website. I might also be sourcing images of a previous production or liaising with a client on a press release for a forthcoming production.

Jazz festival, Arts Management postgraduate and Manchester Day

I first encountered Walk the Plank as a volunteer on its 2015 Manchester Day.

Have always been a bit of a polymath so I had quite a mixed academic/work life before joining Walk the Plank, including a foundation in Art & Design.

I worked in event marketing for 2 years and took an internship at the Manchester International Festival, where I worked as a runner for The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, and worked as marketing assistant on the Manchester Jazz Festival on their 20th anniversary year.

I was awarded a scholarship for a masters in Arts Management at the University of Manchester and graduated with distinction. My results came through just a few weeks after securing the role at Walk the Plank.

My specialism

My Masters Degree research looked at the use of digital media in the arts and I love finding creative ways of using social media to find new audiences. I’m currently working on shaping a new social media strategy for Walk the Plank which is a fantastic way of applying my expertise to the real world.

What attracted me to Walk the Plank?

I love the way it continues to push boundaries and challenge the norm. Having worked as a volunteer and then working inside the company you get a real feel for how it likes to do things differently.

What do I get up to outside work?

I like festivals and music, which seems a bit like a busman’s holiday. I also do yoga, drawing and painting. And am always a big advocate for my home city Sheffield.

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