Sherman Cymru has appointed Rachel O’Riordan as its new artistic director.
O’Riordan, who is currently artistic director at the Perth Theatre, will begin her new role in February 2014.
She takes over from Chris Ricketts, who left the Cardiff venue in July to “pursue new interests” in the performing arts sector. There will be no interim artistic director in the meantime.
O’Riordan has led the Perth venue since 2010 and will leave after directing its final production – a Cinderella pantomime – before it closes in January for a two-year £14.5 million redevelopment.
Prior to her post at the Perth Theatre she founded Ransom Productions, a Northern Ireland-based production and new writing company, in 2002. She was the company’s artistic director and chief executive until 2010.
O’Riordan said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Sherman Cymru at this point in the life of the theatre. The potential to build on the venue’s rich history and significant role in Welsh and national theatre is very exciting. I look forward to working with Welsh and Wales based artists to create a vibrant, outward-looking and innovative dynamic at Sherman Cymru.”
She added: “I am delighted to be able to support Sherman Cymru in our role as a guardian and advocate for the Welsh language in the arts.”