Nouska Hanly is a freelance publicist and writer with over twenty years' experience working in the arts and creative industries. In 2012 Nouska launched the hugely successful Park Theatre press campaign placing the £2.9 million venue firmly on the map of London Theatre prior to its opening in Spring 2013. Nouska played a pivotal role in Park Theatre’s success. Involved with the project from the theatre’s inception, its build, through to its opening, she worked closely with the directors to create and steer the building’s press campaign shaping the Park Theatre brand. She took Park Theatre from unknown project to its present status as one of London’s hottest venues. To view the Park Theatre campaign please click here.
Production PR campaigns include: The Measures Taken (The Royal Opera House), Pattern Recognition (Central St Martins). Daytona; These Shining Lives; Yellow Face; Casualties and The Barrier (Park Theatre); Product, starring Olivia Poulet (Assembly Rooms at The Edinburgh Festival 2014); Birangona Women of War (The Lost Theatre), Richard III (The Cockpit) Death Ship 666 (Jermyn Street Theatre); Unsung (Rosemary Branch Theatre) and The Picture of Dorian Gray for The Alchemic Order in Greenwich. Yellow Face, Daytona and Product all successfully made West End transfers after sell out runs.
Other clients include Rambert (Peaky Blinders and Draw From Within), Trinity Laban, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Ivan Putrov’s international ballet gala (Against the Stream) at The London Coliseum, 2014 South Bank Award nominee Alexander Whitley (Affiliate Choreographer of The Royal Ballet and New Wave Associate of Sadlers Wells Theatre); Arki Busson’s Luxury Wine Brand, SGC and Luxury Design company, Based Upon. In late 2014 Nouska was headhunted by the Halcyon Gallery, Mayfair to represent internationally renowned American Artist, Dale Chihuly. Nouska launched Chihuly’s new £3 million art collection authoring a new, 400 page book published by the gallery. In 2016, Nouska worked as Marketing and Communications Manager at City Hall for The Mayor’s Fund for London across both the Boris Johnson and Sadie Khan administrations before deciding upon a return to freelance life.
Extremely well-networked and driven, Nouska’s hands-on, results-led approach is proven via numerous highly successful campaigns across tier-one press from FT, ES and The Economist to the BBC and ITV. Nouska is also a published writer. She is a regular contributor for The Stage and has written dance reviews for The Sunday Express since 2009. Nouska has also written advertorial copy for the Nth Degree Club Book; F1 Inspiration, I Magazine and Scotland Now.
A graduate of English National Ballet School, Nouska’s first career was spent on international stages as a professional ballet dancer. She worked with Sir Antonio Pappano at The Royal Opera House, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Michael Clark, Rufus Norris, Laurence Connor, Gillian Lynne, Thea Sharock, Peter Shaffer, Javier de Frutos, Fin Walker, Lionel Hoche and Will Tuckett. From the age of nineteen, Nouska starred in the West End and UK Touring productions of Phantom of The Opera; Cabaret and Equus, she was a featured artist in Madonna’s short film Filth and Wisdom and Will Tuckett’s feature film Street Dance The Movie. She finished her career at The Royal Opera House as Dance Captain and cast member in Laurent Pellet's premiere and revival runs of Manon in Covent Garden and Tokyo.
Nouska studied English Literature at Regent's Park College, University of Oxford.