Andrew Smaje has left his position as chief executive of Hull Truck Theatre “to pursue new opportunities”.
Smaje’s tenure at the theatre has been sometimes controversial, with both him and the venue coming under fire from Equity in 2011, when the theatre’s artistic director Gareth Tudor Price was made redundant and not replaced. The move resulted in playwright John Godber, a former artistic director of Hull Truck, ending his 25-year association with the theatre and describing the move as “ludicrous”.
Following Smaje’s departure, which it is understood happened with immediate effect, the theatre issued a statement but stressed that “no further details will be given and no further comment will be made at this time”.
In the statement, Sarah Jane Dickenson, chair of Hull Truck, said: “Since 2010 Andrew Smaje has developed and diversified the artistic profile of Hull Truck Theatre. He has successfully supported the production of work which has attracted new audiences and critical acclaim, both in Hull and on tour throughout the UK. Having taken the theatre through a significant period of change Andrew is now leaving the company to pursue new opportunities. The board of Hull Truck Theatre wishes him every success.”
Meanwhile, Smaje added: “I know that the theatre is in safe hands with the excellent team in place there. I’d like to thank them for the tremendous job they have done in helping to turn Hull Truck Theatre around in the last couple of years. I wish them well for the future.”