The former Associate Director of CAST Doncaster, Esther Richardson, has been appointed Artistic Director and joint Chief Executive of Pilot Theatre, the company has announced today [15 February 2016]. She will take over from Marcus Romer, who has headed the organisation for the last 22 years, on 4 July 2016.
A graduate of Bristol University and Goldsmiths College, Richardson has also worked as Associate Artist for Soho Theatre and Derby LIVE. Her most recent productions have includedBloodby Emteaz Hussain for Tamasha Theatre,Dancehallfor CAST, Doncaster andHow to Breathefor Nottingham Playhouse.
Richardson commented: “I’ve long admired the work of Pilot Theatre as a nationally leading touring company for young adults, and the company’s commitment to innovation, international-working, new work and diversity makes me immensely excited to take up this role. Pilot Theatre hosts a vital cultural space for young artists and audiences, and embraces the opportunities of a fast-changing technological world. It’s a privilege to have the chance to build on the company’s ambitious work across multiple platforms and I can’t wait to get started.”
Romer, Pilot’s outgoing Artistic Director added: “I am absolutely thrilled that Esther Richardson has been appointed as my successor. Esther brings a wealth of experience and fresh ideas to the company and, together with the experienced team already in place, I am confident that Pilot will go from strength to strength.”
During his tenure at Pilot Theatre, Romer directed the first live streaming of a theatre production in 2008, which led to the six-camera live streaming of the 2012 York Mystery Plays in the Museum Gardens for the BBC and The Space.