Kneehigh boss leaves for US

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Kneehigh’s chief executive and producer, Paul Crewes, is to leave the UK to take over as artistic director of the Wallis Annenburg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. He will take up the post in April 2016.

He will be joining the Wallis, which opened in Beverley Hills, as their first artistic director.  Crewes will leave the Cornwall based  children’s theatre company after a successful 11 years as producer, and six as chief executive. Over the last ten years Paul has produced some of our best loved shows including, Tristan & Yseult, Midnight's Pumpkin, Cymbeline, Steptoe & Son, Rapunzel, Hansel & Gretel, The Wild Bride, Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) and 946, as well as the international tours of Tristan & Yseult, The Red Shoes, and Brief Encounter to America, Australia, Brazil, Columbia and New Zealand.

Alan Livingston, Chair of Kneehigh said, "Paul has secured Kneehigh's position as one of the UK's best loved theatre companies, and leaves us in a financially strong place, with an ambitious and exciting programme planned for the next eighteen months. This legacy is due to his leadership and creative vision. We are looking forward to developing a new relationship with Paul in the future"

The Charles Dickens Museum has appointed Dr Cindy Sughrue OBE as its new director. Sugrue is a former chief executive with Scottish Ballet and has worked with the Scottish Arts Council. She fol-lows Robert Moye as director of the museum.

People Dancing, the development organisation and membership body for community and participatory dance has appointed its first marketing and communications Manager. He is Jeremy Waterfield, who brings 30 years’ experience of PR and marketing from a wide range of sectors, including arts and culture, to the Leicester based body. 

Welsh National Opera announced their new music director as Czech conductor Tomáš Hanus who will take up the position from autumn 2016. Hanus is recognised as one of the Czech Republic’s most exciting and important conductors.  His first engagements with WNO as music director will be concerts in the autumn and spring of 2016/17.  Carlo Rizzi will also take up the new role of Conductor Laureate with WNO with immediate effect.

Keith Harris, director of performer affairs, PPL, is to step down at the end of 2015, after nine years in the role. He will continue to work with the company on a consultancy basis.  Harris joined PPL in 2006 when the performer organisations PAMRA and AURA merged into PPL to form one organisa-tion representing performers as well as record companies.

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