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Roxana Silbert appointed as Birmingham Rep artistic director

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Roxana Silbert has been appointed as the new artistic director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Silbert, who is an associate director at the Royal Shakespeare Company and is a former artistic director of new writing company Paines Plough, succeeds Rachel Kavanagh who stepped down in March after five years in the role.

The Rep is currently undergoing redevelopment as part of the new Library of Birmingham. This will see the two cultural venues sharing public spaces and a new purpose-built 300-seat auditorium, which will complement the Rep’s existing 820-seat main stage and 140-capacity studio.

Until it returns to its home in 2013, the company is producing work for a range of venues across Birmingham. Silbert will combine her role at the RSC with her new position at The Rep prior to the company’s move back into its newly-developed building in 2013.

Silbert commented: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work at this extraordinary theatre. The Rep is one of Britain’s leading producing companies with a proud legacy of nearly 100 years of great theatre. I’m excited about ushering it into its new century – introducing a new mid-scale auditorium for new work and a unique, creative relationship with its neighbouring flagship library. 2013 will be a formative phase in the life of The Rep and one which I look forward to celebrating with the company and its audiences.”

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