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Lisa Spirling appointed artistic director at Theatre503, London

Lisa Spirling has been announced as the artistic director at Theatre503. Photo:  Karla Gowlett Lisa Spirling has been announced as the artistic director at Theatre503. Photo:  Karla Gowlett
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Lisa Spirling has been appointed artistic director of Theatre503 in south London.

Spirling will replace Paul Robinson, who is leaving the new-writing venue to become artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.

Spirling was previously programming director of Theatre503 and is currently the artistic coordinator of the JMK Trust’s regional directors scheme, recently directing April De Angelis’ Jumpy at Theatre Clwyd.

She said she was “over the moon” to be leading the venue, adding: “This extraordinary theatre, with its focus on emerging voices and the best in new writing, played a vital role in my own theatrical journey and I cannot wait to be a part of its future.”

Spirling will take up the post in August, following Robinson’s departure in June.

Erica Whyman, Theatre503 chair and deputy artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, said: “I am delighted that Lisa Spirling will be the next artistic director of Theatre503. She is a fabulous director with a great track record and she brings an impressive commitment to emerging voices.”

She added: “I am certain she will be a powerful and innovative leader of the next chapter in Theatre503’s life.”

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