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Esther Richardson appointed artistic director of Pilot Theatre

Esther Richardson joins Pilot Theatre as artistic director
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Esther Richardson has been appointed artistic director of Pilot Theatre, replacing Marcus Romer, who announced his departure last year.

Richardson will also be joint chief executive of the York-based company when she joins in July.

She has previously been associate at Cast in Doncaster as well as at Soho Theatre and Derby Live. She also founded new writing company Theatre Writing Partnership, which ran for 10 years before closing in 2012.

Richardson said: “I’ve long admired the work of Pilot Theatre as a nationally leading touring company for young adults, and the company’s commitment to innovation, international working, new work and diversity makes me immensely excited to take up this role.”

Alongside her artistic leadership, Richardson will share the role of chief executive with Amanda Smith, who was previously producer at Pilot and will now be executive producer and joint chief executive.

Romer, who is stepping down after 22 years, leaves Pilot to form his own production and consultancy firm, Artsbeacon.