Jeremy Herrin has announced he is stepping down as artistic director of theatre company Headlong to pursue a freelance career.
He said he was “deeply proud” of the company’s achievements during his tenure, but would be leaving in 2020 to continue his career as a freelance director.
“I’ve loved being able to produce our great work around the country. It’s been an honour to support some great artists, and be supported by our smart board to evolve what Headlong is about.
“Theatre is such a powerful form and it’s been a privilege to imagine it, make it and share it with this fantastic company and the community around it,” he said.
Herrin also praised Headlong’s funders – Arts Council England and its private donors – who he said allowed the company “to take artistic risks and to reach such large, diverse and enthusiastic audiences”.
Herrin took over the artistic directorship in 2013 from Rupert Goold and currently leads the company alongside executive director Alan Stacey.
Headlong chair Robin Paxton described Herrin as “an extraordinary and outstanding artistic director”.
“He joined a company already buzzing with creativity and originality, and through his productions, his inspiration and his energy has built upon the legacy yet also transformed Headlong so that he will leave it bigger, more varied, more diverse, more engaged and even more creatively exciting than he found it,” Paxton said.
Recruitment for a new artistic director will begin in October.