Dundee Rep Theatre is to return to having joint artistic directors when Philip Howard and Jemima Levick take over at the helm in spring 2013.
Levick is currently associate director at the Rep. Howard, who will also act as chief executive, was artistic director at the Edinburgh Traverse from 1996 to 2007.
In a joint statement, Howard and Levick said: “The Rep board has made a bold choice, demonstrating a belief in an artistic pluralism that will enable us to deliver a diverse programme of work for this extraordinary organisation.”
“To our minds, there is no other company like Dundee Rep in the UK. The combination of the ensemble, Scottish Dance Theatre and Rep Creative Learning offers wide unparalleled potential for cross collaboration and for pioneering artistic discovery. We share a vision for world class theatre, both in performance and participatory activities, and look forward to delivering these to both local and international audiences.”
The pair replace West Yorkshire Playhouse-bound James Brining, who ran the Rep for nine years – initially in tandem with Dominic Hill who went on to replace Howard at the Traverse.
Dundee Rep is the only foundation theatre in Scotland to secure three-year funding through Creative Scotland. This has allowed the organisation considerable forward planning. An MLitt course in Theatre Studies – in partnership with The University of Dundee – will establish the Rep as a creative campus. Expansion of the theatre building will also allow the organisation to grow.
Howard trained as a director at London’s Royal Court and spent 14 years at the Traverse, including three as an associate director. At the Traverse he directed 24 world premieres, wining four Fringe Firsts and several other international accolades. Since 2009 he has been teaching at the University of Glasgow.
Levick trained at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and had traineeships with the Royal Lyceum and Stellar Quines. She joined the Rep in 2009, when she was named best director at the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland for her production of The Elephant Man, and has directed a total of ten productions there since.
Concluding their joint statement, the pair said: “At a time when the landscape of Scottish theatre is also undergoing change, we have a unique opportunity to contribute to and shape the theatrical landscape by delivering world class theatre and by redefining what a twenty first century theatre company can be.”