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Traverse Theatre overhauls leadership structure with introduction of new creative development role

The Traverse Theatre. Photo: Sid Scott.
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Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre is to overhaul its leadership team, with the creation of a new role that will share some of the current artistic director responsibilities.

The theatre is currently looking to appoint both a new artistic director – to focus solely on the Traverse Theatre Company – and a director of creative development.

It said its aim was to give “due focus to its twin priorities of creating an ambitious artistic programme….and developing creative development and community engagement programmes”.

The new creative development role will take on some of the duties previously overseen by former artistic director, Orla O’Loughlin, who left earlier this year.

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Executive producer Linda Crooks said the theatre needed to “open up new pathways for people to come to the theatre, both as writers and as audience members”.

“The director of creative development role has been created to ensure we devote increased time and effort in strengthening these pathways by nurturing our relationships with a diverse range of communicates and individuals, both here in Scotland and further afield,” she added.

She said the new role would enable the new artistic director to focus “exclusively on overseeing a new-writing programme that delivers on our ambitious artistic vision for the Traverse over the next five years and beyond”.

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