09
OCT
2017

Liz Wilson appointed Executive Director of Oxford School of Drama

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AEM International are delighted to have been involved in the appointment of Liz Wilson as Executive Director at the Oxford School of Drama.  She will take up her new role in December 2017.

Liz Wilson was Chief Executive of York Theatre Royal from 2009-2017.  Regarding her new role she said, “I am delighted to be joining The Oxford School of Drama. It is an outstanding drama school that has a reputation throughout the theatre, film and television sectors for its rigorous pursuit of excellence and its promotion of access.  Training people to succeed as actors is as much about teaching the spirit of creativity as it is about developing the professional tools to thrive in the industry. The high percentage of alumni from the School who are in employment as actors is a testament to the highly skilled team of tutors and the strong and supportive ethos of the School. I look forward to working alongside Principal George Peck and his team in continuing the great work of the School in serving our industry with exemplary actors.”

Welcoming the appointment, the drama school’s chair of trustees, Peter Wilson-Smith also commented that the school is “thrilled to have someone with Liz’s long experience of theatre and arts joining” as executive director.

Liz’s predecessor in the role, Kate Ashcroft, will become Head of Marketing and Development for the school.

03
OCT
2017

Norfolk & Norwich Festival name Daniel Brine as new Festival Director

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AEM International are delighted to have been involved in the appointment of Daniel Brine as the new Festival Director for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival, the largest arts festival in the East of England and one of the four largest in the UK, has today announced Daniel Brine as their new Festival Director. Currently the Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer at Cambridge Junction, Daniel runs the arts centre’s extensive multi-disciplinary programme. He will take up the position at Norfolk & Norwich Festival in January in time for the 2018 Festival which runs from Thursday 11 to  Sunday 27 May.

Brenda Arthur, Chair of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival Board said: “I am delighted that Daniel has accepted our invitation to become Festival Director and drive forward our artistic vision for Norwich, Norfolk and the rest of the U.K. His track record in programming and producing entertaining work as well as understanding his audiences positions him perfectly to continue our commitment to nurturing the best of local and national talent as well as bringing in the best new international work. The team are all hugely excited to collaborate with him on the future Festivals.”

Daniel Brine said: “It’s a huge honour to be appointed Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s next Festival Director. I’m looking forward to leading the team to create a festival which the people of Norfolk and Norwich are proud of and enjoy.  I live in East England and am committed to bringing great arts to the region.  It’s a great privilege to lead a regional flagship event of international standing and I’m keen to work with local arts and cultural partners to continue the festival’s success.”

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04
AUG
2017

Tom Bird appointed Executive Director of York Theatre Royal

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AEM International are delighted to announce that the new Executive Director of York Theatre Royal has been named as Tom Bird, who joins from Shakespeare’s Globe in London where he has been Executive Producer since 2012.

Tom Bird said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining York Theatre Royal. The theatre is inspirational for the way it engages its community and I look forward to continuing and developing that work, while also making an impact nationally and internationally.

“I’m hugely excited about working with the Board and all the staff at York Theatre Royal, ensuring the organisation thrives artistically and commercially, and remains the beating heart of York’s cultural offering. York and Yorkshire have a rich and vital theatrical tradition, and it’s an honour to be a part of that.”

Chair of York Theatre Royal’s Board of Trustees, Ann Green, said, “The board is delighted that we have been able to attract someone of Tom’s quality and experience to York. His appointment opens up many opportunities as undoubtedly Tom will bring a new energy to the theatre and to Yorkshire.”

03
JUL
2017

AEM International searching for Orchestra Administrative Director for Royal Opera House

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The Royal Opera House are looking for a new Orchestra Administrative Director and AEM International are delighted to be carrying out this search for them.

For full details please see the Opportunities page.

17
MAY
2017

Global search by AEM International for Chief Executive at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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AEM International are delighted to be carrying out a global search for a new Chief Executive for flagship Australian arts organisation, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO), resident in Sydney Opera House, is a world-class ensemble and Australia’s flagship orchestra.  Performing with renowned conductors and soloists in an ambitious and diverse artistic program, the SSO reaches an audience of more than 250,000 in approximately 150 concerts annually.

The Sydney Opera House has announced a $273 million upgrade to the Orchestra’s home venue that will transform the acoustics, technical infrastructure and audience experience. It is the first major overhaul of the Concert Hall since it opened in 1973 and the outcome is awaited with excitement and anticipation by performers and audiences alike. There will be a closure period from mid-2019 to early 2021 when the Orchestra is planning to relocate to the Concert Hall at Darling Harbour.

The Board of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra is seeking an experienced and qualified Chief Executive to provide inspirational, strategic and artistic leadership to this world-class organisation, building on its current high profile and international reputation.

For further details please see the Opportunities page.

10
MAY
2017

AEM International searching for Vice President of Costuming for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Live Entertainment

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AEM International are delighted to be searching for the Vice President of Costuming for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Live Entertainment.

The Vice President will have responsibility for costuming design and production teams at the Walt Disney World/Disneyland Resort sites as well as off-site storage warehouses and facilities.  He/She will provide leadership, oversight and direction to a team of 1000+ professionals and skilled craftspeople who create, manufacture and maintain a vast inventory of specialty items and assets.  The Vice President will report to the Executive, Disney Parks Live Entertainment and can be based in Florida or California.

For further information, see the Opportunities page.

17
APR
2017

Brenna Hobson appointed Executive Producer of National Theatre of Scotland

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Brenna Hobson has been appointed the Executive Producer of the National Theatre of Scotland.  Hobson is currently the Executive Director of Belvoir in Sydney, a post she has held since 2008.

Regarding her new appointment, Hobson said, “I’m thrilled to be joining a company of the calibre of the National Theatre of Scotland, a company tasked with articulating Scottish identity in all its forms, at such a crucial time in the country’s history.”

Former Belvoir Chair and current CEO of the Sydney Opera House, Louise Herron said, ” I am thrilled for Brenna.  She has gone from strength to strength, from challenge to challenge and now to (lucky) Scotland.  Brenna has been a central figure in the arts in Australia – from the very start as a production work experience kid, to Executive Director of Belvoir and Trustee of the Sydney Opera House – it is an inspiring path and I wish her all the very best in her new role as Executive Producer of the National Theatre of Scotland.”

Brenna Hobson will continue in her role at Belvoir until the end of May, and commence at the National Theatre of Scotland in June.

23
DEC
2016

Helen Sprott appointed new Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra

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The Philharmonia Orchestra has appointed Helen Sprott as the Orchestra’s new Managing Director. Helen moves to the Philharmonia from Arts Council England, where she has been Director of Music and has worked since 2005.

Helen will take up the post in April 2017 as the permanent replacement for David Whelton, who retired in August 2016 after 29 years with the Orchestra, and takes over directly from Interim Managing Director Alistair Mackie.

Helen Sprott said: “I have been a fan of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen since my student days. The Philharmonia is one of the world’s great orchestras, generating extraordinary passion and loyalty among its followers, and it is a real privilege to be appointed Managing Director. My ambition is to support these wonderful musicians to reach new audiences across the world, whether virtually or through live concerts, so that as many people as possible see and hear the Philharmonia, and experience the incredible work of this Orchestra.”

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13
DEC
2016

Rambert appoints Helen Shute as new Chief Executive / Executive Producer

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Rambert has appointed Helen Shute as its new Chief Executive and Executive Producer, joining the company in March 2017 – AEM International are delighted to have been involved in her appointment.  Helen was a founder and Executive Director of Hofesh Shechter Company from 2008 – 2015, and joins Rambert from House Productions – a new television drama and feature film production company.

Sir Howard Panter, Chairman of Rambert said, “I am truly excited that Helen is joining Rambert to lead it into a new period of visionary work and expansion. Helen blends enormous passion for new ideas, with the experience to appreciate the rich heritage of Rambert and its unique 90 years of dance history, which will serve Rambert brilliantly.”

Helen Shute commented, “I am delighted to join Rambert and the talented team of dancers, musicians, collaborators and my fellow arts professionals in their wonderful home on the Southbank. Mark Baldwin has built the most extraordinary, diverse and accomplished group of dancers working in the UK today, and I look forward to developing partnerships to bring them to many new places and audiences in the coming years.

Rambert’s commitment to developing choreographers and taking their work to audiences across the land, its dedication to live music, its extensive work with communities up and down the country, not to mention its heritage and world-class archive, position the company to be a major force for dance in the global arena and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

26
OCT
2016

National Theatre of Scotland appoints Jackie Wylie as new Artistic Director

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Jackie Wylie has been appointed as the Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland. AEM International are delighted to have been involved in her appointment.

Jackie is one of the UK’s leading creative producers whose success as the Artistic Director of The Arches in Glasgow between 2008 and 2015 saw the organisation become a leading European powerhouse of cultural activity.

Jackie Wylie lives in Scotland and is currently Co-Director of Take Me Somewhere, a new city-wide festival, based at Tramway in Glasgow that will build on the legacy and international programming of The Arches. She will take up post at the National Theatre of Scotland in Spring 2017.

Jackie Wylie commented, “It’s an incredible privilege to be given the opportunity to lead the National Theatre of Scotland. Ten years ago it pioneered the ground-breaking model of a theatre without walls and since then it has combined world-class artistic distinction with a particular commitment to involving the entire population of Scotland. I look forward to continuing that spirit of innovation, building on the organisation’s many existing successes and relationships whilst also bringing in new voices, seeking out exciting collaborations at home as well as looking outwards, across the world.

We are fortunate in Scotland to have so many extraordinary, world-class theatre-makers and I’m looking forward to working with them – on both local and global stages – as we go forward.”

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