Goldman stands down as Soho Theatre artistic director and chief executive

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Lisa Goldman will be stepping down as artistic director and joint chief executive of Soho Theatre in June 2010 to “pursue other opportunities”.

Goldman has been based at the central London venue for four years. She has been credited with putting the venue at the forefront of promoting international and intercultural new writing in London, and also developing diverse audiences.

Nick Allott, Soho Theatre chairman, said: “Lisa has made a vitally important contribution to Soho at a key stage in its history, ensuring that the theatre continues to punch above its weight.

“She has brought us a keen understanding of theatre’s ability to question, analyse and provoke in contemporary society and has set a new benchmark for international programming in a world cultural capital.”

Goldman said she was proud to have developed a strong identity for the Soho Theatre, and said she was privileged to have worked with “many of the most daring writers, actors, artists and companies working in the UK today”.

Her last production for the theatre as artistic director will be Behud by Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti. It will open at the Belgrade in Coventry in March, before transferring to the Soho the following month.

Recruitment for a new artistic director will begin in the new year.