Red Room founder Goldman takes helm at Soho Theatre

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Lisa Goldman has been appointed as the new artistic director of Soho Theatre, replacing Abigail Morris who left the venue earlier this year.

Goldman co-founded new writing company The Red Room in 1995 and is currently its artistic director. While there she has produced work that includes Kay Adshead’s The Bogus Woman, Anthony Neilson’s Stitching and The Censor, and Parv Bancil’s Made in England.

She commented: “I’m thrilled to be joining the remarkable team at Soho Theatre. I look forward to engaging audiences and artists with relevant, exceptional and daring new theatre, befitting these turbulent times.”

She joins Soho five years after it acquired and opened its permanent home at 21 Dean Street. Since then, it has seen year on year growth with audiences rising from 30,000 initially to over 80,000 last year. Goldman will join the company later this year and will work with the existing management team including executive director Mark Godfrey and Writers’ Centre director Nina Steiger.

She replaces Morris, who left in January after 13 years with the company. During that time, she led the company through three years in residence at the Cockpit Theatre and, following that, helped organise the project to purchase a former synagogue and create the new Soho Theatre in Dean Street in 2000.

Soho’s chair Nicholas Allott added: “I’m delighted to welcome Lisa as artistic director. There has been tremendous interest in this position and Lisa’s vision shone out from an incredibly strong field. Building on our track record of innovation and good management, Soho has been able to make a bold appointment. Lisa’s approach will be distinctive, contemporary and provocative and will build on the company’s excellent existing programme to take us in challenging new directions.”