George Mann and Alexander Zeldin win 2015 Quercus Trust Award

The recipients of this year's Quercus Trust Award are Alexander Zeldin and George Mann, who is artistic director of Theatre Ad Infinitum, pictured. Photo: Alex Brenner
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Directors George Mann and Alexander Zeldin have been named as the recipients of the Quercus Trust Award 2015, and have been appointed associate directors at Bristol Old Vic and Birmingham Repertory Theatre respectively.

The biennial award, now its third round, was conceived by the National Theatre Studio and director Marianne Elliott in order to enable directors to move from directing fringe theatre to main stage productions.

This is the first year that the award has been won by two directors, and both will direct a main stage production at their respective theatres.

Mann is the founder and co-artistic director of Theatre Ad Infinitum, while Zeldin’s work includes devised and directed pieces at theatres such as the Yard and Southwark Playhouse as well as at the Edinburgh Festival.

Tom Morris, artistic director of Bristol Old Vic, said: “We are thrilled to appoint George Mann as Quercus associate director at Bristol Old Vic. His work at Theatre Ad Infinitum has marked him out as a director of great promise and his passion for the relationship a theatre might and should have with its city shone brightly throughout the selection process.”

Artistic director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre Roxana Silbert said the theatre was “delighted” to be appointing Zeldin as associate director.

“He is a unique, inspiring and exceptionally talented theatre artist and we know his vision will have a remarkable impact on the Rep and beyond,” she said.

The Stage Awards 2015