Amanda Huxtable has been appointed artistic director and chief executive of black-led touring company Eclipse Theatre.
Huxtable, a former artistic associate at Hull Truck Theatre and co-artistic director at theatre company Hidden Gems, joins in December. She takes up the role as Shawab Iqbal becomes executive producer, a new position within the company.
Huxtable succeeds Dawn Walton, who stepped down in June after 10 years at the helm.
She said: “I am pleased to have built mutual understanding, respect and hope from the Eclipse Theatre board. It is now time for me to continue building on this with our current and potential partnerships and all who support Eclipse. Our ultimate aim is to create outstanding work and experiences for all our audiences. I cannot wait to lead the team towards our collective powerful opportunities in the future.”
Iqbal is currently senior artistic associate at the Bush Theatre, and learning and participation producer at hip hop dance company Boy Blue.
He said: “We live in increasingly regressive times where divisive politics continue to take centre stage, making Eclipse and its unapologetic commitment to black and brown artists even more vital and important. This is also a significant moment in the sector, and the company will continue to be at the forefront of enabling a more equitable and representative theatrical landscape.”
In September, Stella Kanu became the new chair of the company.
Last month, it emerged that a former employee is taking the theatre company to an employment tribunal, accusing the company of being “exploitative of freelances”.