New Head of Artist Services announced for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
26 October 2022
A former Fringe participant and experienced arts manager has today been announced as the new Head of Artist Services at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.
Chris Snow took up post at the start of September 2022, having most recently held the role of Head of Support Services at the National Theatre in London.
With extensive experience in supporting and leading cultural teams, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to the senior post. In his early 20s Chris brought several small-scale shows to Edinburgh under his own theatre company and understands the challenges and opportunities facing artists as they perform at the festival for the first time. Having worked for several years managing large buildings for major global businesses, and led National Theatre operational teams through the pandemic, he also has a strong grounding on how to support more established performers and venues.
As Head of Artist Services, Chris’ role will be to lead the team in supporting artists, venues, arts industry and the wider Fringe community, throughout the year and at festival time.
Commenting on his appointment, Chris said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Fringe Society in the 75th anniversary year for the festival. As a former participant of the festival and a long-term superfan, I have experienced first-hand how the Fringe can be an inclusive space for freedom of expression, creativity and connection. We are facing immense challenges across the arts sector, and I am thrilled to be working with the Fringe Society team, and the thousands of artists and hundreds of venues who make up the Fringe community, to ensure we continue to become a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable festival for all, that celebrates everything that the arts have to offer.”
Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said, “It’s a genuine privilege to welcome Chris to the team at such an important time for the Fringe Society. His experience and understanding of the cultural sector will be key, as the festival continues its recovery from the pandemic and looks towards a brighter and more sustainable future.”