Benedict Cumberbatch said of his appointment ‘Having trained at LAMDA, I am thrilled to have been appointed as its new President and would like to thank my predecessor, the great Timothy West for his remarkable and steadfast tenure. It will be an honour to watch the next generation of actors, directors and technicians blossom and grow into outstanding creative artists and theatre professionals through the exceptional training provided by LAMDA. I am also looking forward to working alongside Joanna and the staff, and Shaun and the Board of Trustees to continue to ensure this training remains accessible to everyone and that my profession and industry is diverse and reflective of the world we live in.’
So what do you think this means for his acting projects? Will this now take up all of his time, or is "president" really just an honorary title? It seems to be a permanent position - the previous guy was there forever!
At the university that I attended, the president is provided housing nearby. It's a huge, gorgeous mansion in the wealthiest neighbourhood in the city, but it comes with the job. I wonder if they will do the same thing with Benedict.
I don’t think this will impact on his acting schedule. The role of President is non executive so he won’t be actively involved on the day to day running of the place. His prduction company seems to be fuelling lots of acting work for him so I think he will still be very much on screen.
However he is definitely on the way to becoming much more than an actor and turning into an influential creative industry figure in general. It all fits with his often stated intention to plan for a long career in the business rather than just pursue stardom.
I can certainly understand him wanting to create some job security while his children are growing up. Between this and his production company, he can spend more time at home (London) with his family. But I think he's a long way from retiring from acting! He grew up accompanying his mother to her acting jobs, so I can see him continuing that with his own children. And besides, he likes the spotlight too much to spend all his time behind the camera or behind a desk.
Post by coolclearwaters on Jan 16, 2018 23:02:28 GMT
I don’t think it’s an honorary position. It looks like the President is head of the Board of Trustees (similar to a Board of Directors). The Board would make financial and policy decisions for the organization and oversee its future artistic direction and growth. They would probably also hire top staff do fundraising. It sounds like a position with a lot of power and responsibility. As with a member of a Board if Directors, there will probably be some compensation.
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