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LIFT for Wynne-Jones

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The London International Festival of Theatre has appointed Angharad Wynne-Jones as director to replace founders Rose Fenton and Lucy Neal, who have stepped down after 25 years running the event.

Currently working as producer and director of international company Rising Tide Productions, Wynne-Jones’ previous posts have included associate director of the Adelaide Festival and deputy chair of the dance fund at the Australia Council for the arts. She will take up the new position from March 2005.

Wynne-Jones said: “This is an extraordinary opportunity to lead an organisation that has contributed so much to the culture of theatre in London and has been an inspiration internationally. My hope is that the process we will undertake will build on the understandings that have already emerged from LIFT’s work and transform the experience of international cultural engagement.”

Fenton and Neal founded the organisation in 1981 as a biennial event bringing foreign theatre to the capital for three weeks during the summer. During the past two and a half years it has been holding the LIFT Enquiry, which has extended the event to an annual six weeks of performances in London.

Amelia Fawcett, chair of LIFT, said: “After a search process that left no stone unturned, interviewing applicants from as far afield as Bosnia, Brazil, Hong Kong and Australia, we have found in Angharad an individual of bold artistic leadership, which the board felt was so essential for the future of LIFT. Her spirit of innovation will be critical to re-enforcing and reinventing the organisation’s role in London and internationally.”