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Stenning leaves Bristol Old Vic

Emma Stenning is stepping down as chief executive of the Bristol Old Vic after nine years at the theatre.

The moves comes as the theatre reopens in September after a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Stenning is taking over as executive director of Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto.

She was previously head of producing at Manchester International Festival and head of theatre at Arts Council England. She was executive director of Battersea Arts Centre between 2002 and 2005 alongside Tom Morris, who was artistic director. The two reunited at the Old Vic in 2009, when Morris took over as artistic director there.

She said: "It is a wrench to leave both the theatre and the city of Bristol, as I have fallen in love with both over the past nine years. A part of me will always live here."


* In other moves in the city, Dick Penny, who has led Bristol Watershed as chief executive for 20 years, is stepping down in favour of Clare Reddington, who has been with the organisation since 2004. Penny will head up a new spin-off arm, Watershed Ventures.

Naomi Miller has been appointed as deputy director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. She moves to the organisation from Bristol Cathedral.

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