Old Vic New Voices director Steve Winter steps down

Steve Winter. Photo: Nadie Attura
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Steve Winter, the director of Old Vic New Voices in London, is to step down this week after nine years at the organisation.

Winter, who joined the Old Vic’s talent development arm in 2004, is succeeded by Alexander Ferris – who is currently head of OVNV’s community and education work.

During his time with OVNV, Winter has produced five major productions and commissioned more than 60 plays. He leaves to pursue freelance work.

His final commission for the company is a season of nine plays by new writers, set for 2015. The month-long season is expected to include around 60 OVNV members that have been involved with OVNV at any point over its 10-year existence.

Winter said: “I’m proud that we’re supporting so many writers in a very real financial and creative way – made possible through the support of the TS Eliot Estate.”

He added: “I believe that the theatre landscape would look very different without the nurturing support, and opportunities for learning, communicating and developing work that we have provided. There is a generation of artists that feel helped, inspired and ‘homed’ at the Old Vic which I am immensely proud of.”