Erica Whyman has been appointed to the newly-created role of deputy artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
She will join Gregory Doran, who succeeds Michael Boyd as artistic director in September. Whyman is currently chief executive and artistic director of Northern Stage, where she has been in post for seven years.
Doran said: “I am so pleased that Erica Whyman has agreed to join the RSC in a newly-created role as my deputy artistic director, following her highly successful tenure at Northern Stage. Erica will play a key part in developing new work and new artistic collaborations, as well as directing for us. She will contribute to our future creative strategy and will deputise for me on artistic matters.
“At Northern Stage, she has held an unusual joint position, as chief executive and artistic director, demonstrating her creative and strategic leadership skills and cementing her reputation both as a director and a producer. She has worked in partnership with a notably wide range of nationally and internationally significant theatre makers, and has shown an appetite and aptitude for creative change and collaborative working practice. She has a great track record and knows the RSC from her long association with us in Newcastle.”
Whyman will have particular responsibility for redeveloping the RSC’s experimental studio space, The Other Place. She said that she was “delighted to be joining the RSC at such an exciting time.”
She added: “I am a great admirer of Greg’s work as a director, his plans for the company are thrilling and Catherine Mallyon is a tremendous appointment as executive director. I have had seven exceedingly happy and rewarding years at Northern Stage and the company and the north east will always be part of my life, but it is an honour to be invited to join a remarkable new team at a moment of change and opportunity for the RSC.
“I have a life-long love of Shakespeare, his humanity, his theatrical ambition and his powerful sense of mischief. I look forward very much to being able to interpret his work for the next generation both of audiences and of theatre makers.”