Stella Kanu

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Stella, who has more than 25 years’ experience producing theatre, festivals and events, is currently executive director of LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) as the organisation prepares for the 23rd edition of its biennial festival taking place in June 2020.

Stella has worked for organisations in the UK and beyond including executive producer at Ovalhouse Theatre, CEO of Soundwave Cumbria, Powerbrokers International Leadership Fellow at Harlem Stage (New York); Clean Break Theatre as well as arts, culture and regeneration directorates at numerous local councils in London and across the UK. As a producer, writer and performer, she created Africa Centre’s first Children’s Literature Festival; ‘A List’ Performing Arts Festival and ‘Southampton Live’ Street Arts Festival.