After three years with the company, CAROLINE ROUTH will step down as Executive Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres. She oversaw the opening of the new £30m city-centre building, NST City, and is moving on to new opportunities.
EMMA STEWART-JONES will be joining Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance, as Chief Executive. Her new role will start in February next year, following five years at Creative Scotland. Her 23-year career has included work in national dance agencies, local authorities and as a freelancer.
The new Artistic Director of Artsadmin will be RÓISE GOAN. Currently working as Guest Dramaturg at Vooruit in Belgium, she is also Artistic Director of The Local Group, which creates performance projects with communities of place and interest in off-the-grid locations. She will join Artsadmin in summer 2019 during the organisation’s 40th anniversary year and will succeed Founder and Co-Director JUDITH KNIGHT MBE.
Previously Artistic Director of New York’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, dance artist BENOIT SWAN POUFFER has been appointed Artistic Director of Rambert. He became Guest Artistic Director of Rambert in April of this year, following MARK BALDWIN’S decision to stand down after 15 years in the role.
RACHEL GIBSON, formerly Interim Director Dance Strategy at Arts Council England and Interim Executive Director at English National Ballet School, has been appointed Executive Director of South East Dance. She will be joined by JOHN STRUTHERS, who has become the charity’s new Chair.
The Federation of Scottish Theatre has appointed co-Chairs of the board. They are BELINDA MCELHINNEY, Executive Producer of Glasgow’s new festival of contemporary performance, Take Me Somewhere; and LIAM SINCLAIR, designate Executive Director / Joint CEO of Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre. The Federation’s members agreed a change to the rules for the board would promote shared and flexible working practices at the highest level in the sector.