Madeleine is Opera North’s Head of Community Partnerships having joined the company in 2013. She is responsible for ensuring that people who may usually have barriers to engaging with Opera North can access its work. As well as overseeing Opera North’s ongoing Community Partnerships programme, Madeleine also leads on Arts Together project (funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation) which brings arts and community organisations from across Leeds and beyond together. Before working at Opera North, Madeleine worked in theatre for 14 years, mostly in roles within Youth Theatre, Education and Community departments but also as a freelance theatre practitioner. Madeleine also has a PhD in Sociology and is a trained yoga teacher.