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Emma Stenning to step down as Bristol Old Vic chief executive

Emma Stenning. Photo: Jon Craig
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Emma Stenning is to step down as chief executive of Bristol Old Vic after nine years.

She leaves to become executive director of Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto.

Stenning’s departure is announced ahead of the completion of a major redevelopment of its foyer, public spaces and studio theatre, which will open next month.

During her nine-year tenure, Stenning has also overseen a refurbishment of the main auditorium and backstage spaces, which was completed in 2012.

She joined in 2009 alongside artistic director Tom Morris, and will leave in November.

Stenning said: “It is a wrench to leave both the theatre and the city of Bristol, as I have fallen in love with both over the past nine years. A part of me will always live here. But at the same time, the reopening of the renewed theatre is the perfect moment to embrace a new challenge.”

Bristol Old Vic’s chair, Liz Forgan, added: “I am sad but not at all surprised that Emma has been recognised from across the world. She has been an outstanding chief executive and a delightful colleague. Bristol, the theatre and all my colleagues on the board owe her a huge debt and we wish her all good things for the future.”

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