Jim Beirne, chief executive of Live Theatre in Newcastle, has announced he is stepping down after running the venue for 20 years.
Beirne will leave the new-writing theatre this year to pursue fresh projects, a statement confirmed.
He said: “I am very proud of the achievements of the team at Live Theatre. It is one of the few theatres outside London celebrated for and dedicated to presenting new stories with a social and political focus, regionally, nationally and internationally. The engagement work with hundreds of children and young people is exceptional and helps embed us on our corner of the city.”
Beirne’s departure follows that of Philip Bernays at Newcastle Theatre Royal, who is stepping down as chief executive after 15 years, making him the second longstanding theatre boss in the city to leave this year.
Lucy Winskell, chair of the board at Live Theatre, said Beirne’s two decades of leadership at the theatre had been “creative, strategic and inspirational”.
“Working with emeritus artistic director Max Roberts and artistic director Joe Douglas, he has overseen an outstanding and high-quality cultural programme that reflects the society in which we live. We are immensely proud of the impact Live Theatre has made nationally and interntionally,” she added.