Joe Hill-Gibbins has been appointed the new artistic director of Headlong theatre company.
It comes as Donna Munday is announced as the new chair of the company’s board of trustees.
She will succeed current chair Robin Paxton on March 18, with Hill-Gibbins taking over from Jeremy Herrin.
“Joe is one of the most exciting directors of his generation. His work is innovative, surprising and bold, challenging and delighting audiences at the same time.
“He is also a champion of new work, with a commitment to bringing us plays from the most exciting writers in the UK and abroad.
“We are delighted that he is joining Headlong, and are excited to see how he builds on the dynamic history of the company and makes a fresh statement of his own, invigorating audiences across the country,” Munday said.
Herrin led the UK touring company for seven years and announced he was stepping down to pursue a freelance career in September.
Hill-Gibbins is currently working as a freelance director, with a new production of The Marriage of Figaro opening at English National Opera this weekend. He will takeover the role this summer.
“What does the name Headlong mean to me? Fearlessness, velocity, and abandon. I can’t wait to lead one of the country’s most exciting companies and drive its mission to ask daring questions about who we are today; to provoke and thrill in equal measure.
“I’m raring to get started; connecting with our brilliant producing partners, the most inspiring theatre artists, and audiences and communities across the UK,” he said.