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Live Theatre names Joe Douglas as its new artistic director

Joe Douglas, incoming artistic director of Live Theatre, Newcastle Joe Douglas, incoming artistic director of Live Theatre, Newcastle
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Newcastle venue Live Theatre has appointed Joe Douglas as its new artistic director.

He takes up the post in April this year, replacing Max Roberts, who announced his departure last year after three decades with the theatre.

Douglas is a freelance theatre director and trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.

He went on to become a trainee director at the National Theatre of Scotland, and has directed plays for that company, as well as Dundee Rep, where he was associate artistic director. He is currently co-artistic director of touring company Utter, which focuses on new writing.

Douglas said: “I have long admired Live Theatre – the reputation is mighty. Artistically and politically, I think we will fit each other well. New writing is at the heart of my work and I look forward to connecting with audiences and artists in Newcastle and the wider region.”

Douglas’ productions include John McGrath’s The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil. His production of Death of a Salesman won three awards at the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2017. His most recent production is The Arabian Nights, at the Lyceum in Edinburgh.

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