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Theatre Peckham founder Teresa Early to leave after 33 years

Teresa Early and some of the Theatre Peckham Alumni Teresa Early and some of the Theatre Peckham Alumni
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The founder and artistic director of Theatre Peckham in south London is stepping down after 33 years.

Teresa Early will continue to work with the theatre as its director emeritus after leaving her artistic director role.

She said: “After more than 30 years at the helm of such a richly rewarding role, it’s time for me to step aside and hand over to our next artistic director, someone able to build on the strong foundations we have laid and take us forward into the future.

“I am delighted to be able to continue to support Theatre Peckham as director emeritus. My new role will enable me to focus on my particular passion of supporting our alumni, both in performance and in creating their own work, and free me up to work on other projects, including the development of the theatre’s new archive.”

The theatre focuses on providing accessible training opportunities to young people living in London, and has patrons including actors John Boyega, Ian McKellen and David Harewood.

Boyega, who is an alumnus of the Theatre Peckham youth group, said: “As a graduate of the company, I admire Theatre Peckham’s continued mission to increase diversity in the creative industries, inspiring young people like myself to be the change we want to see in this industry.”

A recruitment process for a new artistic director will begin this month, with the new recruit expected to take up their position in the autumn.

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