Theatre Centre appoint new Artistic Director and Executive Director

Theatre Centre is pleased to announce Rob Watt has been appointed as Artistic Director,  alongside Emma Rees who will take on the role of Executive Director. Both were appointed to  their respective roles in an interim capacity and will now become permanent additions to the  company. 

Watt is a critically acclaimed director, dramaturg and facilitator, whose inaugural season as  Interim Artistic Director saw the launch of exciting digital projects with acclaimed writers – an  online writing programme for young aspiring talent and ImagiNation, a digital anthology created  to unite the nation through storytelling. He is dedicated to working with young people to help  them tell stories, understand how to access theatre and to make resonant and risk-taking work.  Watt started his career working on Hackney estates, taking theatre to the doorsteps of  communities in East London. He is currently Chair of the Board of Croydon-based Savvy Theatre. 

Prior to her role as Interim Executive Director of Theatre Centre, Rees was a freelance  consultant working with renowned organisations including Chichester Festival Theatre and Kiln  Theatre. She was previously the Director of the London Theatre Consortium working on  strategic projects including the LTC Creative Apprenticeship programme and a sustainability  programme in partnership with Julie’s Bicycle. During this time she also undertook an extended  secondment as Senior Relationship Manager at Arts Council England in the London Theatre team. Rees has many years of experience at senior management level in theatres and touring  companies, including Red Shift, Unlimited Theatre and the Almeida. She is also a Board member  of Theatre 503 and a Governor at a local school. 

Watt comments, I am truly excited and humbled to take up the permanent position of Artistic  Director at Theatre Centre. Since being in the interim position, over the last year I have seen the  potential that Theatre Centre has to adapt and innovate in extraordinary circumstance. Now,  more than ever, we need to support young people, artists, teachers and to make work that is  resonant and bold.

Rees comments, Having spent most of this tumultuous year as Theatre Centre’s interim  Executive Director, it feels like an absolute privilege to be staying put and to continue to work with Rob and the fantastic team and Board. We will be constantly mindful of that privilege in all the work we do with artists, young people and teachers at home in Lewisham and across the country. 

Supporting both the needs of young people and of schools, Theatre Centre continues to push  the boundaries of storytelling while highlighting the most important and provocative issues  facing society today in order to catalyse debate, discussion and to aid development. The  company are looking forward to new and exciting projects in the new year, platforming and  nurturing more talent.

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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