Tuesday, 18 December 2018

New artistic/executive director for Watermill

THE Watermill Theatre in Newbury has appointed a new artistic and executive director.

THE Watermill Theatre in Newbury has appointed a new artistic and executive director.

Paul Hart will take up the position this autumn, succeeding Hedda Beeby, who is to step down after eight years.

Beeby will continue as part-time associate producer for a handover period.

Paul said: “I am thrilled to be taking the reins at The Watermill. It is a space like no other, which nourishes a relationship between actors and audiences in an extraordinary way.

“I have been inspired by the innovation of the work here for many years and it will be a privilege to lead the company at this exciting juncture.

“I look forward to continuing to build on our relationships locally, nationally and internationally.”

Hedda added: “The Watermill is very much looking forward to working with Paul and see him develop the life of this much-loved theatre.

“Paul will bring a wealth of energy and enthusiasm to this beautiful venue and will continue to bring the country’s best talent to work with our outstanding in-house team. I wish him every success.”

Chairman of the board, Andrew Tuckey, said: “I have every confidence that Paul will develop The Watermill’s artistic reputation, offering great opportunities to theatre makers of tomorrow and welcoming audiences to our unique venue with a wide variety of work.

“At the same time I want to pay tribute to Hedda, who has led the theatre with such distinction over the past eight years and its strong position today owes much to her vision and the quality of her leadership.”

Paul is a freelance director and associate with Propeller Theatre Company.

He was previously resident assistant director for the Donmar Warehouse, has worked extensively with the National Theatre, National Youth Theatre, Pentabus and many more. He has also had his work broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

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