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Oily Cart announces management restructure following departure of co-founders

Ellie Griffiths, Oily Cart's new artistic director
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Children’s theatre company Oily Cart has undergone a leadership restructure, with the appointment of its first ever executive director.

The company has named Ellie Griffiths as its new artistic director and Zoe Lally as executive director. Together they will be joint chief executives, sharing the responsibilities of running the company artistically and strategically.

They replace co-founders Tim Webb, Max Reinhardt and Claire De Loon, who announced their departure earlier this year after more than 30 years.

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Griffiths has already worked with the company as a performer, and directed its 2016 production Mirror Mirror.

The theatre company said she would bring her “creative talents to the fore to build on the company’s internationally renowned reputation as a trailblazer in the world of young people’s theatre”.

As executive director, the company said, Lally would build its “national and international profile”. Lally is currently working with Boundless Theatre as executive director.

Oily Cart chair Lisa Mead said: “From the outset, we knew that Tim, Max and Claire were an inimitable team, so we set ourselves the challenge not to replace them, instead to find a team with the essential Oily Cart values, coupled with a distinct vision for the company’s future.“

She added: “We are thrilled with their joint appointment. Together they bring the experience, vision and the perfect amount of determination to build on the great foundations established by Tim, Max and Claire.”

The pair will officially join Oily Cart in early 2019.

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