Kirsten Burrows

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Kirsten Burrows, Akademi’s Executive Director and Joint-CEO. Photo: Justin Jones

Executive Director and Joint‑CEO

Originally from

Redditch, West Midlands.


After wonderful years working in clubs in Dublin and Prague, I ended up in London; randomly selling geographical systems across the world.

Professional journey

I have over 20 years’ experience in arts management and producing with an emphasis on participatory arts, including China Plate Theatre, Candoco and Sadler’s Wells.

Role at Akademi

As Executive Director I work with Suba and team on the overall strategy of the organisation.

When not at work

Family time, yoga & walking my dog, Lottie. I also manage a band and look after their European touring.

A book and song that you’ll take to a desert island

Perfume by Patrick Süskind and Heroes by David Bowie.


Works on

Monday to Friday (10am to 6pm)

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