Deborah Aydon has announced she is leaving the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse after 15 years as executive director.
Aydon and artistic director Gemma Bodinetz have led the Liverpool theatres since 2003, but their partnership will come to an end when she leaves at the end of this month to pursue other opportunities “in the arts and beyond”.
She said: “It has been an immense joy to play my part, alongside Gemma, in these great theatres’ journey. There have been too many highlights to list them all, but the highest by far was the unforgettable opening of the new Everyman. I will always have a deep sense of satisfaction and pride that we created something so wonderful and enduring.
“I have a deep love for this city, these theatres and the people in them. But after 15 years, the time has come for me to make a difference in other ways.”
Aydon was also heavily involved in Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture in 2008, as well as in the Young Everyman Playhouse, the organisation’s youth theatre. She was made an honorary fellow of Liverpool John Moores University in 2014.
Bodinetz said: “Deborah’s commitment to the power of transformative, inclusive, regional theatre has been inspirational nationally, locally and of course to me personally.
“I am very grateful for the mighty support and friendship she has given me over the years and I wish her every joy and success in the new adventures she has planned.”