Walter Meierjohann to step down as theatre director at Manchester’s Home

Walter Meierjohann. Photo: Graeme Cooper Walter Meierjohann. Photo: Graeme Cooper
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Walter Meierjohann, artistic director for theatre at Home in Manchester, has announced he is stepping down after five years in the post.

Meierjohann is the first to lead the theatre programme of the multi-arts venue, which opened in May 2015. Prior to this he worked on the development of the overall artistic policy for Home and launched its inaugural season.

He will leave later this autumn to pursue other projects in the UK and internationally.

Meierjohann said: “It has been a huge privilege to have launched a new theatre programme in a stunning new building and to have placed Home on the map. Over five years I have worked with extraordinary artists, from the thriving creative scene in this city and from the wider British and international scene.

“They have all helped shape the bold identity of Home and I am deeply grateful to all.”

Meierjohann’s work at Home included directing its first production, The Funfair by Simon Stephens, as well as The Emperor starring Kathryn Hunter, and Uncle Vanya.

Dave Moutrey, director and chief executive of Home, said: “[Meierjohann] has produced, curated and nurtured an international programme that has offered so much to the ecology of the city. I admire him immensely as a director and we hope he will come back and work with us again at some point in the future.”