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Julie Ellen named as Macrobert’s new artistic director

Julie Ellen, who will be artistic director of Macrobert Art Centre from June. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan Julie Ellen, who will be artistic director of Macrobert Art Centre from June. Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan
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The Macrobert Art Centre in Stirling has appointed Julie Ellen as its new artistic director.

Taking up the post on June 15, Ellen moves to the Macrobert from Greenock, where she was the founding artistic director and CEO of the Beacon, which opened in 2013 to replace the old Arts Guild Theatre. She was previously creative director at the Playwrights’ Studio.

Ellen told The Stage: “It is the same role, but it will be a very different job. What I feel already are the profound differences between the places, the building and the histories that all inform what the programme will be and what kind of work is possible.”

Ellen will work alongside Darrell Williams, who takes on the new role of executive director. Williams is currently Macrobert’s managing director. Previously the commercial director, he took on the role when previous artistic director Liam Sinclair left in September.

They will be working in tandem to develop and deliver Macrobert’s artistic programme and strengthen the organisation’s local, national and international profile.

Creative Scotland announced in November that Macrobert would be part of its regularly funded organisations portfolio, with a total grant of £1.2 million for the period April 2015-March 2018.

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