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Niamh O’Flaherty joins Cheek by Jowl as executive director

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Niamh O’Flaherty, currently senior producer at Hofesh Shechter Company, has been named executive director of theatre company Cheek by Jowl.

She joins in March, 2019, and replaces Natalie Highwood, who has been acting as executive director on an interim basis. She will work alongside artistic directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod.

O’Flaherty said: “Since my first personal experience of Cheek by Jowl’s beautiful and innovative Twelfth Night in 2004, I’ve been a huge fan and follower of Declan and Nick’s work. I am greatly looking forward to working with these brilliant artists as well as the board, partners and team of Cheek by Jowl and to meeting their audiences in the UK and around the world.”

Donnellan and Ormerod said O’Flaherty had “a proven track record in international touring” and described her as a “perfect addition to the company”.

“Her breadth of knowledge and experience, coupled with her enthusiasm for our work and our audiences, will bring an exciting new dynamic to the company,” they said.

At Hofesh Shechter Company, O’Flaherty has produced worldwide tours of productions such as Grand Finale.

Prior to this she worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company and managed the World Shakespeare Festival as part of the Cultural Olympiad of London 2012.

Cheek by Jowl’s former executive director Eleanor Lang left earlier this year to join Theatre Royal Stratford East.