New team at Birmingham Rep

And a change at Sheffield’s industrial museums

Birmingham Repertory Theatre has chosen Sean Foley as its new artistic director.

He will be joined by Amit Sharma as his deputy and Rachael Thomas who takes on the role of executive director.

Image shows Sean Filey, left, with Amit Sharma, above left, and Rachel Thomas

Foley is an award-winning actor, writer and director, who co-founded The Right Size, theatre company. He is a double Olivier Award-winner for co-writing and starring in The Play What I Wrote and is one of the very few people to have received Olivier nominations as an actor, a writer, and as a director.

Amit Sharma has been associate director at Graeae Theatre Company since 2011 and also associate artistic director at the Royal Exchange, Manchester from 2017-2019. Amit has extensive experience in creating opportunities for artists - he led Graeae’s flagship UK-wide new writing programme, Write to Play and developed many opportunities for D/deaf and disabled artists while at the Royal Exchange.

Rachael Thomas joins The Rep following her role as executive director of Derby Theatre and a 25-year career in the cultural sector. In a previous role at Lincoln Castle she project managed the delivery of Lincoln Castle Revealed - the £22 million award-winning restoration and re-interpretation of the medieval castle and Magna Carta exhibition. Prior to this Rachael worked for ten years at Nottingham Playhouse as Head of Finance and Business Development. Her other roles have included Director of Phoenix Arts, Leicester and Director of the Merlin Theatre in Somerset. 

Helen Featherstone, director of the trust that runs Kelham Island Museum, Shepherd Wheel and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, will leave at the end of this month to take up a new post at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield.

Chris Keady, head of collections and learning, will jointly oversee the running of the organisation with Fiona Elliott from DBA Consultants, who will stay for an interim period.



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