Producer and director Sam Hodges will lead the Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre in the new role of creative and executive director and chief executive from June 2013.
This follows a move by the venue to adopt a producer-led model.
Hodges will replace Patrick Sandford and Kate Anderson, who leave their positions as joint chief executives in June.
Alongside this, Sandford has held the role of artistic director for 25 years and Anderson has been the theatre’s executive director/producer for 12 years.
Hodges is currently producer of the Criterion Theatre in the West End, where he most recently directed Serge Cartwright’s After the Party as part of a summer season of work he commissioned to celebrate London 2012.
Prior to this he founded the new writing theatre company HighTide Festival Theatre in 2006 and was its artistic director for five years.
Sandford and Anderson said: “It has been a real privilege to lead the Nuffield through an extraordinary period of arts development in Southampton. Despite the challenges facing the public sector and higher education, Southampton City Council, the arts council, and the University of Southampton (which is unique in the country in supporting three leading arts council funded venues on campus), have proved inspirational, solid, and committed partners, and it has been terrifically exciting to collaborate with some of the world’s best artists to bring life to our shared vision.
“We are incredibly proud of what has been achieved both through this work, and in the development of new theatre makers at the Nuffield during our tenure, and we are delighted that Sam, a terrifically talented theatre maker himself, is taking on the leadership of the company.”