Tim Roseman is to step down as joint artistic director of Theatre 503 in south London, leaving Paul Robinson in sole charge of the fringe venue.
After five and a half years at the theatre, Roseman will leave at the beginning of September 2012 to return to his freelance career. Robinson will be staying at Theatre 503, assuming the role of sole artistic director.
Roseman said: “I am honoured to have played a small part in making Theatre 503 a beacon for new writing. I have been privileged to lead this organisation with my dear friend Paul, and am delighted that he will take the helm to reinvent and re-imagine the theatre moving forward. I can think of no one better to take 503 to its next stage. I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone who has been so supportive during our time together here, to the teams who have worked so hard for little reward and to the breathtaking collection of artists, especially the playwrights, who have trusted us with their vision.”
The pair will end their tenure with a jointly-directed production of a new commission by several of Theatre 503′s playwrights. During their joint tenure, in 2010, the theatre became the smallest venue ever to win the Olivier Award for Best New Play for its production of The Mountaintop, which had transferred to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios.
Robinson said: “I shall miss Tim hugely but wish him so much love and luck for the future. I gain immense strength from the artistic vision, energy and commitment Tim has injected into the theatre and the work we have created together. Now that we have worked so hard to establish 503 I’m thrilled by a raft of new possibilities and will relish making the theatre bolder and braver than ever. I’m really excited about a new era and can promise that 503 will continue to be a vital destination for the most exhilarating new writing.”