By Paul Couch
Arts Council England Senior Relationship Manager Pete Staves (pictured, above) has been appointed Executive Director and joint Chief Executive of theatre company Frantic Assembly, it has been announced today [1 March 2016].
Staves will take up his post in May 2016. Before joining ACE in 2010, he was Festival Producer for LIFT, producing the 2008, 2009 and 2010 festivals. This followed eight years producing small and mid-scale tours for companies including Yellow Earth and People Show, before which he was at the Man In The Moon and the Gate theatres.
Staves commented:“I’m hugely excited to be joining Frantic Assembly. I’ve always found the company’s work thrilling, moving, relevant and beautiful, and I’m looking forward to playing my part in its future success, and reaching more audiences in the UK and overseas.”
In a further move, Frantic Assembly has appointed Anna Moutrey as Producer. Moutrey has spent the last seven years working on projects at Manchester International Festival, having also worked on Glasgow 2014, London 2012 and the Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010.She said: “Frantic are a brilliant team making fantastic work and I can’t wait to be part of it.”
Of the new appointments, Frantic Assembly’s Artistic Director Scott Graham commented:“I am thrilled to be welcoming Pete Staves and Anna Moutrey to our team. Both bring experience, vision and a passion for the potential of touring theatre. I am looking forward to working together on what is a new and exciting chapter for Frantic Assembly.”
This year, Frantic Assembly will present Andrew Bovell’sThings I Know To Be True, an international co-production with State Theatre Company of South Australia. Following its UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith, from 10 September until 1 October 2016,Things I Know To Be Truewill embark on a tour of the UK to towns and cities including Oxford, Warwick, Liverpool, Manchester and Chichester.