LCDS Management Team

Clare Connor
Chief Executive & Interim Principal
With a longstanding background in dance and performance, Clare trained at London Contemporary Dance School before embarking on a successful performing career with Phoenix Dance. She then worked as a teacher-artist in both further and higher education and collaboratively produced performing arts programmes for the University of East London, as well as supporting the validation of new arts programmes in several universities.

In 2014, Clare joined the team at Southbank Centre as Director of Business Development and took the lead on innovative large-scale capital fundraising programmes. Her previous roles, prior to that, include co-founding the national network Future Arts Centres and working as Director of Stratford Circus Arts Centre, from 2005-2014, where she led the re-imagining of the organisation to create a new charitable body to run it in 2012.

Dr Martin Hargreaves PhD
Director of Undergraduate Programmes
Martin Hargreaves is a dramaturg, writer, and performer and his research practices range between boredom and hysteria. His primary interests are in the recent history of contemporary dance, queer performance arts, and camp misunderstandings. In 2003 he was awarded a PhD for his thesis entitled Performativity, Spectrality, Hysteria and from 2003 to 2013 he was the Editor of Dance Theatre Journal. From 2005 to 2015 Martin was Programme Leader of the MA The Body in Performance at Trinity Laban. He has worked recently with Pablo Bronstein, Boris Charmatz, Nicola Conibere and Yvonne Rainer. This year he is the Guest Dramaturg at South East Dance’s Dramaturg in Residence programme, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and was a Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London and a Visiting Lecturer in Performative Practices at DOCH, Stockholm before taking up the post of Director of Undergraduate Programmes at London Contemporary Dance School

Dr Mary Evelyn PhD (Kent) Cert ED
Director of Postgraduate Programmes
Mary trained as a teacher at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. She then joined LCDS, graduating in 1979, and became a freelance dancer with Siobhan Davies and Richard Alston, before spending eight years as a dancer and choreographer with Rambert Dance Company. She won the inaugural Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and created three works for the Rambert repertoire. Mary joined the faculty at LCDS in 1988 and directed the School’s Postgraduate Performance Group (4D) for seven years. She received her PhD in 1999 for research into teaching and learning strategies relevant to contemporary dance training and education. Following 19 years of studio-based teaching at LCDS, concentrating on technique, performance studies and choreography, Mary joined the Senior Management Team and now leads the postgraduate department. Beyond the studio work her main focus at LCDS has been the implementation and development of new courses of study which support students at points of transition, emphasising the vital connection between education, training and the profession. The Apprentice Programme, which began working alongside just a few professional companies, has been substantially developed to provide well-established connections with many more. Most recently Mary’s pioneering work has involved creating a modular MA programme which supports working artists who are hungry to develop their practice, but cannot undertake full time programmes of study.