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Edinburgh Lyceum’s Alex McGowan joins Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre as executive director

Alex McGowan joins Glasgow's Citizens Theatre as executive director and joint chief executive in spring 2019
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Alex McGowan has been appointed executive director and joint chief executive of the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow.

He joins the theatre in spring 2019 from Edinburgh’s Lyceum, where he has held the same positions since 2010, working with artistic directors Mark Thomson and, from 2016, David Greig.

McGowan will be joint CEO with artistic director Dominic Hill. He takes over the role from Judith Kilvington who is leaving at the end of 2018 after five years with the company, in which time she led the planning of the Citizens’ current £19.4 million redevelopment.

McGowan has 25 years’ experience working in UK theatres, from the Macrobert in Stirling and Northern Stage in Newcastle upon Tyne, to the Young Vic and Unicorn Theatres in London. He was chair of the Federation of Scottish Theatres from 2012 to 2018.

The Citizens company is currently working out of the Glasgow Tramway while its theatre building is being refurbished. It is due to re-open in 2020.

Describing the Citizens as being at a “vital stage” in its history, McGowan said: “The opportunity to join Dominic Hill and the team at the Citz and support a period of massive change and development for the company – including a major capital project that will secure the future of this iconic Scottish theatre – is a really exciting prospect.”

Noting the “strong working relationship” that the Citizens and Lyceum theatres have built in recent years, Dominic Hill added: “Alex’s time there and his previous experience will bring the expertise and scale of ambition we need to continue to present world-class work in Glasgow and across Scotland.”

The Lyceum has begun the process of recruiting McGowan’s successor.

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