Playwright Fin Kennedy has been appointed co-artistic director of Tamasha theatre company from the end of this year.
He will join the organisation’s co-founder Sudha Bhuchar in leading the company from this November until spring 2015, when Bhuchar will step down. Kennedy will then continue as artistic director.
Earlier this year Tamasha’s other co-founder and co-artistic director, Kristine Landon-Smith, stepped down from her role to take up a position as a lecturer at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.
Kennedy has been a Tamasha associate artist since 2011 and has worked with the organisation on his Schoolwrights initiative, a writer-education partnership with London schools.
He is also the author of In Battalions, an independent report about the effects of funding cuts on new plays and playwriting in England.
Bhuchar said: “Fin embodies a truly pioneering outlook, which has been Tamasha’s hallmark over the last 24 years. He possesses an inspiring combination of talent, drive and humility. His career to date demonstrates a unique ability to look beyond his own voice and inspire artists from diverse backgrounds.
“I am hugely excited by Fin’s vision for Tamasha’s next chapter which continues the company’s evolution from its British Asian roots to an intra-cultural outlook. His ideas, both for productions and empowering artists to be entrepreneurial and shape their own futures, reflect a deep knowledge and desire to explore cross-cultural encounters.”