Honorary Doctorate for one of the driving forces in the London theatre scene

David Jubb has been recognised with an honorary degree from University of Roehampton for his commitment to London theatre, using performance as a medium for change and encouraging the use of creativity in all aspects of life.

Posted: 27 July 2016

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David Jubb speaking at Graduation
David, who is Artistic Director and Chief Executive of London’s Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), was awarded with an Honorary Doctor of Arts at the University’s graduation ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall yesterday. He said: “It is a privilege to accept this honorary doctorate from Roehampton which is a good neighbour and partner to Battersea Arts Centre.”

Speaking at the ceremony which also saw just over 300 Roehampton students receive degrees, he urged the new graduates to “cherish the moment of your achievement. You did this. You worked hard. You gave up other stuff to do this. You made it happen, and this is your achievement. And you should feel, as I am sure you do, incredibly proud.”

He shared some of his own advice for making the most of creativity in every aspect of their lives, explaining: “Your greatest asset and strength is your creativity, no one owns it, it is yours and you can express it anyway you want. This may be through your family life, your business, your relationships, through the way you learn and remember or the way you fight a campaign.”

He said “imagine and invent a better future for yourselves and each other. As you step up onto this stage, and then step off towards your future, as the protagonist in your own story, remember to always nurture and care for your creativity.

In his closing remarks, he left graduates with these inspiring words: “Be the author and protagonist in your own life, use your creativity to get stuck in, be prepared to make mistakes and learn from what happened."

Professor Jennifer Parker-Starbuck, Head of Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance said “The University of Roehampton and the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance are delighted to honour David today. He has an ability to generate passion and commitment, which has led Battersea Arts Centre to become more than just a theatre; it is a centre for learning and social change. We very much look forward to welcoming him into the Roehampton community.”

David Jubb has been instrumental in helping to fulfil Battersea Art Centre’s (BAC) mission – to inspire people to take create risks to shape the future. During his career he has also been Director of Your Imagination, Development Producer at BAC, Director of the Lion & Unicorn Theatre, and taught in secondary and higher education. After the recent fire at BAC, David led a campaign to relaunch and rebuild the centre.

Roehampton’s Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance offers BAs in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and Drama Studies as well as an exciting master's programme in London's Theatre and partners and collaborates with a number of theatres and cultural institutions in London.

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