Dave Moutrey is the Director and Chief Executive of HOME. In his former role as Director & Chief Executive of Cornerhouse, he oversaw the successful merger of Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company to form HOME.
Throughout his career, Dave has been involved in the leadership, management and marketing of arts organisations. He played a leading role in establishing the Cinema Arts Network, a national network of cross artform venues; spent eight years as Chief Executive of Arts About Manchester (now the Audience Agency); worked for two years as Marketing Director for City of Drama; and managed Abraham Moss Theatre for six years. Dave is also a qualified drama teacher and was until recently a practicing artist and theatre producer, with experience of over 30 community productions with Greater Manchester-based groups.
Dave is a Fellow for the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Q & A
What’s your earliest memory of the arts?
Taking part in my junior school Christmas play. I was a tree in the forest. Clearly at that early age, my teacher had worked out that my acting style was wooden. Nevertheless, I loved it!
What has been your most difficult achievement?
In 1994, juggling the production and design of Peterloo, an epic community play for City of Drama, a year long festival of theatre in Manchester. At the same time I was also Marketing Director for City of Drama, Director of Arts About Manchester and finishing my final year of studying for an MBA. It’s surprising what you can do when you are young!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Remember where you come from and look to where you are going.
Who would you most like to buy a pie and a pint, and why?
I’d take theatre pioneer and suffragette Annie Horniman for a pie and a pint, as I think she’d be great fun and there would never be a dull moment in the conversation. We’d talk about theatre, literature, politics, Manchester and the North.