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Lisa Spirling appointed as new Theatre503 Artistic Director

Lisa Spirling
Lisa Spirling

Theatre503 have announced the appointment of Lisa Spirling as their new Artistic Director. Lisa is currently the Artistic Coordinator of the JMK Trust’s Regional Directors Program and was previously programming director at Theatre503. She will take up the post in August 2016.

Lisa comments, “I am over the moon to be joining Theatre503 as their next Artistic Director. This extraordinary theatre, with its focus on emerging voices and the best in new writing played a vital role in my own theatrical journey and I cannot wait to be a part of its future. I identify wholeheartedly with Theatre503’s commitment to inclusion, creativity and excellence and hope to build on all that Paul and his brilliant team have achieved.

Theatre503 Chair and Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Erica Whyman comments, “I am delighted that Lisa Spirling will be the next Artistic Director of Theatre 503. She is a fabulous director with a great track record and she brings an impressive commitment to emerging voices. Lisa is a passionate, thoughtful and exciting theatre maker with a firm belief in playwrights and new plays. I am certain she will be a powerful and innovative leader of the next chapter in Theatre503’s life.

Paul Robinson, outgoing Artistic Director of Theatre503, notes, “I am absolutely delighted that Lisa Spirling has been appointed as my successor. She brings bundles of experience, passion and vision to the role and working with such an incredible team the future of Theatre503 couldn’t be brighter.

Lisa was the Education Project Manager for the National Theatre’s ground breaking Art of Regeneration program. In 2008 Lisa set up Buckle for Dust Theatre Company with producers Claire Birch and Juliette Rawlins and writers Ali Taylor and Lou Ramsden. With a commitment to creating opportunities for theatre’s most distinctive voices. Buckle for Dust’s inaugural production was COTTON WOOL at Theatre503 which garnered the Meyer Whitworth Award for its writer Ali Taylor.

Her directing Credits Include:- Jumpy by April De Angelis (Theatr Clwyd), Ken by Terry Johnson, Pine by Jacqui Honess-Martin, Deposit by Matt Hartley, Fault Lines by Ali Taylor, I Know How I Feel About Eve by Colette Kane (Hampstead Theatre); Hello / Goodbye by Peter Souter (Singapore Rep Theatre) The Nine O’Clock Slot (Ice & Fire Theatre Company / Red Gallery); Donkeys’ Years and Here by Michael Frayn (Rose Theatre); The Garden of Ms Harriet Figg by Matt Hartley (Old Vic Theatre 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala); Enron by Lucy Prebble (West End Recast & UK Tour), Idiots of Ants (Pleasance, Edinburgh / Arts Theatre); Hundreds & Thousands by Louise Ramsden (Buckle For Dust / English Touring Theatre / Soho Theatre); Cotton Wool by Ali Taylor (Theatre503 – Meyer Whitworth Award Winner) Terminal Four Play by Julian Woolford (Theatre503 at Latitude Festival); Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti (Alley Theatre, Texas); The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler and Gas and Air by Louise Ramsden (Pleasance, London) .

Theatre503’s We Wait In Joyful Hope by 503Five writer Brian Mullin, directed Lisa Cagnacci and designed by Katharine Heath, runs from Tuesday 17th May – Saturday 11th June 2016.


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