Matthew Xia has been named new artistic director of Actors Touring Company, following the departure of Ramin Gray.
Xia, former associate artistic director at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, will take up his new role part time in December, before becoming full time in March 2019.
His appointment comes after the departure of Gray in July this year, following claims of inappropriate behaviour. ATC had initiated an “independent investigation” into the director, which found that there were four instances of inappropriate conduct of a verbal nature, relating to two complainants.
Xia said he would have a particular focus on diversity in his new role, and in working with “cosmopolitan writers”.
“It’s an honour to be appointed artistic director of ATC. At a time when difference, identity and borders shape our experiences, ATC plays a crucial role in offering a global perspective – developing and touring innovative theatre from writers across the world,” Xia said.
He added: “I look forward to finding and presenting new international voices to diverse communities in the UK, as well as working with cosmopolitan British writers and introducing their work to international audiences. I’m thrilled to be joining the brilliant team at ATC and leading the company into a new phase of its evolution.”
ATC chair Maria Delgado said Xia would bring a “wealth of experience to this role”.
“His vision of an international, intercultural practice, with artistic excellence and integrity at its heart, inspired the board and we look forward to working with him,” she added.
Prior to joining ATC, Xia will direct Hannah Patterson’s Eden for the Hampstead Theatre. His other credits include Into the Woods at the Royal Exchange.