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Jackie Wylie appointed artistic director of National Theatre of Scotland

Jackie Wylie. Photo: Christopher Bowen Jackie Wylie. Photo: Christopher Bowen
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Jackie Wylie, former artistic director of the Arches in Glasgow, has been appointed the new artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland.

Her appointment makes her the first Scottish leader of the theatre, and follows the surprise departure of Laurie Sansom earlier this year after three years in the post.

Wylie was previously artistic director and joint chief executive of the Arches in Glasgow.

From 2008 until its closure in 2015 she transformed the theatre and clubbing complex into a hotbed of cultural activity.

Commenting on her appointment as third artistic director of the NTS, Wylie spoke of the privilege of leading it in the groundbreaking theatre-without-walls model, established by founding artistic director Vicky Featherstone.

She said: I look forward to continuing that spirit of innovation, building on the organisation’s many existing successes and relationships, while also bringing in new voices, seeking out exciting collaborations at home as well as looking outwards, across the world.”

Speaking of the “thrilling prospect” of continuing the 10-year-old NTS’ “brilliantly ambitious” work she added: “Our national theatre is in a confident position, able to explore future definitions of what theatre can be and who it should be for.”

Edinburgh-born Wylie studied at the University of Glasgow. While at the Arches she established its annual international festival, Behaviour, with a focus on such as Belgium’s Ontroerend Goed.

She also continued its support for innovative young Scottish theatremakers, working with the likes of Cora Bissett, now an associate director at the NTS, Kieran Hurley, Rob Drummond and Nic Green.