Merged Manchester venue appoints Young Vic associate artist as theatre director

Walter Meierjohann. Photo: courtesy of the Barbican
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Young Vic associate artist Walter Meierjohann has been appointed as the first artistic director of theatre at the new Manchester-based venue, Home.

He will take up his position at the arts organisation in April 2013 to lead development of the new theatre programme for 2014, when the venue opens.

Home has been formed from the merger of contemporary art and film centre Cornerhouse and Library Theatre Company earlier this year.

The new centre will be located in the city’s First Street area and will include a 500-seat theatre, a 150-seat studio space, five cinema screens, education spaces, bar and restaurant facilities and a gallery space.

The Library Theatre Company’s artistic director, Chris Honer, will continue to oversee the programme for LTC until the move and will also work with Meierjohann to develop the Home programme.

Meierjohann will join Sarah Perks, artistic director of visual arts and film, as part of the artistic team at Home.

Dave Moutrey, chief executive of Home, said: “We are delighted to have Walter on board during this exciting time. He is an incredibly creative individual who will be able to guide an innovative theatre programme capable of really reflecting Home’s ambition to be an international leader in the arts.”