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Gordon Millar, Artistic Director and CEO of Unity Theatre

Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Fri 10th, Aug

Introduce yourself – name, where do you sit in the business, and what does the business do?

I’m Gordon Millar, the Artistic Director and CEO of Unity Theatre. We are a performing arts organisation in Liverpool. We are home to live performances that ambitiously interrogate society and humanity. We want the public to know and rely upon the Unity to curiously explore shifts in society that have an impact upon those living in the city region.  The work we present is contemporary, bold and innovative. It often crosses the boundaries of conventional art forms and is known for being engaging and entertaining.  

What changes would you like to see to improve or develop your sector?

The performing arts is such a varied sector. However, one thing that almost everyone agrees upon is the necessity to diversify the voices that are represented on stage. At the Unity we are at the forefront of making sure that you see yourself on stage, regardless of background.

What does a typical working day look like?

The role is so varied that there are no typical days. The job focuses on both the business and artistic requirements of the organisation. One moment I can have my head in a spreadsheet and fifteen minutes later watching a dress rehearsal of an upcoming production.

What advice would you give your teenage self?.

Don’t be afraid of your experience. Live in the now. Nothing on the outside determines what you are on the inside.

Where would we find you on your day off?

Like work, no one day off is ever the same. However, currently I love walking in nearby North Wales with my wife and dog.

What is the best advice you have been given in your career?

Treat every day as if it were the first day in post.

Who is your role model in business?

I don’t have any role models. However, I do believe it is vital to keep learning from a variety of people.

Why choose Liverpool City Region?

I initially fell in love with Liverpool as a child, following the great football team of the 80s. I then studied here in the 90s before settling here ten years ago. The city is abundantly rich in character.

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