Chichester Festival Theatre’s forthcoming productions of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt and Alecky Blythe’s Our Generation are generously sponsored by Wiley: an international publishing company, originally established in 1807, focusing on providing the knowledge seeker with academic and educational resources. Wiley develops bespoke digital content for career advancement and professional development, as well as cross-subject content for science, medicine, technology and other scholarly disciplines.
Wiley’s Chichester office is one of 35 hubs across the world, and over the years the productions they’ve sponsored include the Young Chekhov Trilogy, Ross, Forty Years On, Hedda Tesman and The Long Song. We asked Karen Wootton, Wiley’s VP Sales EMEA, and Regional Leader (Chichester & Bognor), to tell us why this globally significant company enjoys their involvement with CFT:
‘Our Wiley Chichester office has been supporting and involved with CFT since 1967,’ Karen told us. ‘We have loved working with the CFT team over the years to provide unique opportunities for Wiley colleagues to see and learn from diverse theatre productions they might not have otherwise had access to or knowledge of. We are also proud of the recent virtual event we were able to host for our Employee Resource Groups in partnership with CFT and their Literary Associate, Kate Bassett.’
Karen says that Wiley is proud of their longstanding relationship with CFT, explaining: ‘There’s a strong alignment in the values we both uphold, our commitments to bettering our community and our environment, and our journeys to advance learning through diverse and inclusive programming in our respective fields of arts and education and research.’
Rosie Hiles, Senior Development Manager at Chichester Festival Theatre, responds: ‘A long-term partnership with a loyal supporter such as Wiley demonstrates how mutually beneficial such relationships can be. We share with Wiley a strong commitment to our local Chichester community alongside an international outlook, and a desire to expand people’s horizons and enrich their lives through the work we do. Doubt and Our Generation perfectly exemplify their forward-thinking approach, and we hugely value their support.’