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Bryony Shanahan named associate artistic director of Manchester’s Royal Exchange

Bryony Shanahan will join Manchester's Royal Exchange for the next three years Bryony Shanahan will join Manchester's Royal Exchange for the next three years
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Bryony Shanahan has been named new associate artistic director of the Royal Exchange in Manchester.

Shanahan, a former winner of the Young Vic Genesis Future Directors award, takes up her post in June, and will work alongside artistic director Sarah Frankcom and executive director Mark Dobson.

The Royal Exchange said she would help “shape the theatre during its next round of notional portfolio funding”.

Shanahan said: “Collaboration has always been at the heart of all my work and I cannot wait to be part of the brilliant Royal Exchange team. I’m so excited to explore the relationships that the theatre has with its audiences and its communities, how we can continue to strengthen those ties, and create an exciting and dynamic exchange through great theatre made here in our city.”

She added: “As a young female theatremaker it is incredibly exciting to join the leadership team of this ambitious company and help to shape its direction of travel for the next few years.”

Frankcom described her as an “exciting, original theatremaker” who has made “a very conscious decision to make her work here in the north”.

“During her interviews she inspired us with her passion for developing audience relationships, making work in, with and for communities across Greater Manchester and challenging her own creative processes by making work in our unique space. We are thrilled that she is joining us for the next three years and I look forward to working closely with her,” she said.

Shanahan trained at the East 15 acting school in acting and contemporary theatre. Her credits include Sheffield Crucible’s Chicken Soup and Trade at the Young Vic.

Her first show in her new role will be Queen of the Coal Age by Maxine Peake, which opens in June.

Shanahan takes over from former associate artistic director, Matthew Xia.

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