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Mark Hollander appointed exec director at Phoenix Dance Theatre

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Phoenix Dance Theatre has appointed Mark Hollander as its new executive director.

Hollander, who is currently executive director of Unlimited Theatre, joins the Leeds-based company as it moves into large-scale touring and marks its 35th anniversary.

He replaces interim executive director Chris Lloyd, who took over the position in October 2015 following the departure of Lesley Jackson, who had held the leadership role for six years.

Hollander’s previous experience also includes a senior manager position at Arts Council England, where he worked on capital projects for organisations including the Crucible in Sheffield and Hull Truck Theatre.

He said: “I am so excited to have been appointed executive director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, a company I’ve admired for many years. I will be very sad to leave Unlimited Theatre where together we have produced some amazing and innovative work, and the company is in a great position to continue to flourish.”

He will work alongside the company’s artistic director Sharon Watson when he joins later this year.

Watson said she was “truly thrilled” at Hollander’s appointment, adding that it comes at a landmark time in the company’s 35-year history.

She said: “Phoenix is going from strength to strength and I know that Mark’s experience, energy and considered approach is just what the company needs to flourish in these challenging but exciting times.”

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