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Sherman Theatre appoints Joe Murphy as artistic director

Joe Murphy, who has been appointed artistic director of the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff
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Sherman Theatre in Cardiff has appointed Joe Murphy as artistic director.

He replaces Rachel O’Riordan, who has left to become artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith.

Murphy is currently associate director at the Old Vic in London, where he directed Woyzeck starring John Boyega. He has previously held positions at the Soho Theatre, where he was associate director, and Nabokov, where he was artistic director.

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Murphy said: “This exceptional building is home to world-class Welsh artists working in both languages, it sits at the heart of an incredibly vibrant city, and it engages a rich mix of communities and audiences. I couldn’t imagine a more exciting place to be working.”

He added: “Welsh-language theatre will continue to form a core part of the Sherman’s cultural offer and I am determined to build on the stellar work of taking Welsh stories to the international stage. The visionary leadership of Rachel O’Riordan is a very tough act to follow, but I can’t wait to get started.”

David Stacey, chair of the board of Sherman Theatre, said it had received more than 30 applications from across the globe for the post.

“The field was incredibly strong and that is testament to the work undertaken by the Sherman team over recent years to develop the theatre into the dynamic organisation it is today,” he added.

Stacey praised Murphy’s “experience of working in some of the most significant buildings in the UK, his demonstrable talent for nurturing and developing new writing and writers, and his passion for connecting with audiences and communities”. He said this would ensure “the continued momentum of the ongoing success of the Sherman”.

Murphy takes up the post in July this year, working alongside executive director Julia Barry.

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