Suzann McLean, CEO and Artistic Director of Theatre Peckham, has been awarded an MBE in the King’s Birthday 2023 Honours List for her services to the arts and marginalised young people. Suzann has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to theatre and television as an actor and director, as well as her commitment to widening access for young people from marginalised backgrounds to participate and lead in the arts.
With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Suzann, from Leytonstone, East London has dedicated her career to creating opportunities for young people from ethnically diverse backgrounds to develop their skills and pursue careers in the arts.
In 2004, Suzann founded Young and Talented, a successful programme that nurtures and develops young people for stage, screen and life. The programme has helped many young people achieve success in the industry. In 2018 she was appointed CEO and Artistic Director of Theatre Peckham which also runs a flagship Academy for performing arts and technical theatre.
Commenting on the award, Suzann McLean said: “Being recognised in this way is uplifting and inspiring. It is an honour that I share with the young people who have participated in the programmes that I have provided over the years. This award is dedicated to them, and I will continue to create opportunities for them to shine.”
Anni Domingo, Chair of Theatre Peckham added, “Suzann’s efforts to introduce young people to theatre have been transformative. Through her leadership, young people from marginalised backgrounds have been given a platform to tell their own stories – stories that are often underrepresented in the arts. This recognition is well-deserved and we are proud to have Suzann as our leader at Theatre Peckham.”