Former child fan to run Orange Tree

Hanna Streeter, who was inspired to pursue a theatre career by the Orange Tree’s Shakespeare in Schools project, is to be the Richmond theatre’s new executive director.

Currently the senior producer at Paines Plough, she will succeed Sarah Nicholson in March, working alongside artistic director Paul Miller.

“What Paul and Sarah have achieved over the last four years and their evidence of growing new audiences through bold programming is truly galvanising” she said. “Having also been one of the children inspired by their Shakespeare in Schools project in the early 90s, it’s a real privilege to be joining the theatre where it all started for me. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this beautiful theatre in-the-round.”

Streeter has been at Paines Plough for nine years and launched the company’s pop-up in-the-round touring theatre Roundabout five years ago, and before that worked as a freelance producer with curious directive, Curved Space and Stan Won’t Dance. She is  the chair of Theatre Uncut.

“The Orange Tree is lucky indeed that Hanna will join us in 2019: her spirit, tremendous acumen and the values we share make her the perfect person to take the OT forward on the next stage of our journey” Paul Miller said. “We loved working with her when we co-produced with Paines Plough, where she has been at the heart of that company’s dynamism and innovation in recent years.” The Orange Tree has just opened Congreve's The Double Dealer and family show Can't Wait for Christmas!, which run into January, ahead of the second half of Paul Miller's fifth season featuring the world premières of Zoe Cooper's Out of Water (in association with the RSC) and Rose Lewenstein's Cougar (a co-production with ETT), and major revivals of Athol Fugard's Blood Knot and Terence Rattigan's While the Sun Shines.

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