01
MAR
2019

Joe Murphy appointed Artistic Director of Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre

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Sherman Theatre has appointed Joe Murphy as Artistic Director to build on the foundations laid and success achieved during Rachel O’Riordan’s tenure in the role, creating and curating work of the highest standard for audiences and communities across the capital of Wales.  Joe Murphy is currently Associate Director at The Old Vic, London and has previously held posts as Associate Director at Soho Theatre and Artistic Director of new writing company nabokov.

Regarding his appointment Joe Murphy said, “I am completely thrilled to be appointed the next Artistic Director of Sherman Theatre. This exceptional building is home to world class Welsh artists working in both languages, it sits at the heart of an incredibly vibrant city, and it engages a rich mix of communities and audiences – I couldn’t imagine a more exciting place to be working”.

27
FEB
2019

James Heaton appointed CEO of the Woolwich Creative District Trust

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Following the recent announcement of Punchdrunk’s move to the Woolwich Creative District in 2020, the Royal Borough of Greenwich is delighted to announce the appointment of James Heaton as the operating Trust’s Chief Executive Officer.  He will take up the role in August 2019, having over 10 years’ experience in Director and Executive-level arts and entertainment venue positions. Currently Operations Director for the Nimax group of West End theatres, he spent seven years at Camden’s Roundhouse.

James Heaton said “The Council’s incredible vision for the transformation of the Royal Arsenal site presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not only for me, but more importantly for the communities of Woolwich and Greenwich, and the cultural life of London.  I’m honoured to have the task of bringing people together within the walls of these beautiful buildings to create something amazing, the impact of which will be felt far beyond them. It’s my dream job.”

11
FEB
2019

Arvon appoints Andrew Kidd as Chief Executive and Artistic Director

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Arvon, the UK’s leading creative writing charity, has appointed Andrew Kidd as its new Chief Executive and Artistic Director. Andrew Kidd is the former Publisher of Picador, former Managing Director of Aitken Alexander Associates literary agency, the co-founder of Alexi Books and the co-founder and Chair of the Folio Academy Foundation/Rathbones Folio Prize.  Andrew succeeds Ruth Borthwick, who has been the Chief Executive at Arvon for ten years.

Regarding his appointment Andrew Kidd said, “I have long admired Arvon for the open-hearted way it engages everyone – from disadvantaged school children to dedicated writers – in the creative process, offering them the chance to liberate their imaginations and find a voice. That Ruth Borthwick leaves behind her a flourishing charity, overseen by such a talented and committed team, is a testament to her amazing work over the last ten years. I am honoured and excited to have an opportunity to build on that legacy as I work with my new colleagues, together with Arvon’s trustees and supporters, to connect with as many people from as many different backgrounds as possible, and to further develop Arvon’s range, resources and innovative programming.”

24
JAN
2019

Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre looking for a General Manager

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The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre (originally the Grand Canal Theatre) in Dublin is currently looking for a General Manager.  For full details see the Opportunities page.

24
JAN
2019

Stage Entertainment searching for Head of International Development

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Stage Entertainment is recruiting for the new role of Head of International Development. For full details see the Opportunities page.

15
JAN
2019

Kathy Bourne appointed Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre

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Kathy Bourne has been appointed as Executive Director of Chichester Festival Theatre.  AEM International are delighted to have helped with this appointment.

Kathy Bourne is currently Executive Producer at Jonathan Church Productions. From 2006 – 2015, she was Associate and Festival Producer at Chichester Festival Theatre where she was responsible for managing over 75 productions. She will take up her new post in May, sharing the leadership of the Theatre with Artistic Director Daniel Evans.

Kathy Bourne said: ‘I am thrilled to be re-joining Chichester Festival Theatre as Executive Director. It is an honour to be given the opportunity to work alongside Daniel and the incredibly talented Chichester team to continue to build on the success of this exemplary theatre. I wholeheartedly share their exciting vision for the future, which I look forward to developing and delivering alongside them in the years to come.’

19
DEC
2018

Alistair Mackie appointed RSNO Chief Executive

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AEM International are delighted to have helped the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) with the appointment of Alistair Mackie as its new Chief Executive.  He will take up the role in April 2019.

Mackie joins the RSNO from London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, where he served as Interim Managing Director from August 2016 to March 2017, a member of the Orchestra since 1996 and most recently as Joint Principal Trumpet. He has also served as Philharmonia Chair twice from 2005 to 2011 and was elected for a third term in January 2016.

Regarding his appointment Alistair Mackie said, “I’m honoured and excited to be taking up the position of Chief Executive with the RSNO. The first orchestral concert I ever attended was a performance of The Planets at the Kelvin Hall with the Scottish National Orchestra and throughout my teenage years I was repeatedly inspired by the unique energy and musicality of this amazing ensemble. It’s no small part of why I chose to pursue a career as a professional musician.

“As the RSNO begins the next phase of its life with new Music Director Thomas Søndergård I believe there are unparalleled opportunities for this outstanding ensemble.”

20
NOV
2018

Oxford School of Drama searching for new Principal

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With the announcement that George Peck, the Oxford School of Drama’s Founder and Principal, will retire in August next year, the Board of Trustees is seeking a new Principal to build on his legacy and lead the School into its next phase of development, maintaining the reputation for the excellence of its student training and promoting it as a leader in its field.  AEM International are delighted to be leading this search.  Full details of the job can be found on the Opportunities page.

The Oxford School of Drama is one of the UK’s leading drama schools.  It runs accredited vocational courses to train actors for the profession and accepts only 3% of the 1,000 applicants who audition for places each year.  Graduates go on to pursue successful careers in theatre, film and television, with recent highlights including, Claire Foy winning an Emmy this year for The Crown, Richard Gadd winning Edinburgh Comedy Award 2016 and Babou Ceesay starring in Damilola Our Loved Boy and Guerrilla.

05
OCT
2018

Henny Finch to be new Executive Producer of the Donmar Warehouse

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AEM International are delighted to have been involved in the appointment of Henny Finch as the new Executive Producer of the Donmar Warehouse from 7 January 2019, succeeding Kate Pakenham. Henny will support and work alongside newly appointed Artistic Director Michael Longhurst in the creative and organisational running of the theatre, ahead of his first season in 2019.

Henny is currently Executive Director of Hofesh Shechter Company, which she joined in May 2016.

Speaking about her appointment, she said  “I am a long-time admirer of Mike’s bold and beautiful work, and I can’t wait to join him at the Donmar as this small but mighty theatre embarks on its next adventure.  I am very grateful to the wonderful Kate Pakenham for leaving the theatre in such great shape and with an exceptional team, and I’m very much looking forward to getting to know the staff, the supporters, the audiences and the artists over the next few months.”

06
SEP
2018

Welsh National Opera appoints Aidan Lang as new General Director

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AEM International are delighted to have been involved in the appointment of Aidan Lang as the new General Director of Welsh National Opera.

British born Lang is currently General Director of Seattle Opera, a role he has occupied since 2014. He will take up his new position in July 2019, reporting directly to the Chair and Board.

Aidan Lang said, “Welsh National Opera is where my career in opera really began, and I have always considered it to be my artistic home. It was during my time there in the 1980s that I came to understand the potential for opera to change the way that people view the society they live in, and that insight has been at the core of all my work ever since. It is an incredible honour to be appointed as WNO’s next General Director, and I am hugely looking forward to working with Tomáš, the staff, Board, Chorus, Orchestra and the various technical crews who together make up this extraordinary company.”